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SBD Global/January 22, 2014/Facilities
FIFA Threatens To Dump Curitiba World Cup Stadium, Which Faces 'Emergency' Situation
Published January 22, 2014
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SPEEDING IT UP: REUTERS' Andrew Downie reported Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that his government "would do everything to avoid the potential embarrassment." Rebelo: "All our efforts are focused on taking the measures that will guarantee the Parana stadium is in the 2014 World Cup. Stadium owners Atletico Paranaense said that the stadium is only 88.8% complete. It was "supposed to be ready in December," but like five other grounds due to be finished last month, "it is behind schedule" (REUTERS, 1/21). The BBC reported four matches are due to be played at the 42,000-capacity Curitiba stadium: Spain-Australia, Honduras-Ecuador, Iran-Nigeria and Algeria-Russia. The warning "should come as a wake-up call for Brazil's organising committee," which "has been criticised" for downplaying the seriousness of the delays in Curitiba and at several other venues. FIFA and the Parana state government "have promised to inject" an extra $17M to "speed up work at the venue" (BBC, 1/21).