Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Brazil's World Cup stadium to open in April

Brazil's World Cup stadium to open in April

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014, 11:07
Brazil`s World Cup stadium to open in April
Rio de Janeiro: Brazil`s World Cup stadium - Arena Pantanal - will officially open April 2, more than 10 weeks before its first World Cup match.

The venue`s inauguration will feature the first-round Copa do Brasil fixture between Mixto and Santos, Xinhua quoted officials as saying Monday.

Workers are currently installing seating and two 76m2 high-resolution LED screens behind the goals.

"This facility will be a legacy for Mato Grosso (state), hosting sporting and cultural events like concerts," Mato Grosso`s World Cup secretary Mauricio Guimaraes said.

The Arena Pantanal, in Brazil`s western city of Cuiaba, will host four World Cup group phase matches: Chile-Australia, Russia-South Korea, Nigeria-Bosnia and Japan-Colombia.

Monday`s announcement came amid ongoing concern about Brazil`s unfinished World Cup stadiums.

Five of the tournament`s 12 host venues are yet to be ready despite a December 2013 deadline imposed by world football`s governing body FIFA.

Last month FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke warned Curitiba`s Arena da Baixada stadium risked being struck off the World Cup schedule due to severe construction delays.

FIFA will make a final decision regarding the stadium Feb 18.
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