Brazil's Confederations Cup Brings Attention To Stadiums, Ticketing
The Confederations Cup soccer tournament begins Saturday in Brazil, and the country's '14 FIFA World Cup preparation "may be entering its final chapter." While the six Confederations Cup stadiums are "ready, many of the new transport links intended to ease fans' journeys to games are not" (INDEPENDENT.co.uk, 6/14). There is still some work being done on Confederations Cup stadiums, but FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, "For me it is not a surprise that with two days to go they are still working somewhere. It means that something is not finished, so we should just say 'OK' and finish it" (CNN.com, 6/14).
Meanwhile, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke on Thursday said that almost 250,000 tickets "have not been collected with only two days until the tournament starts." Valcke said that this "raised concerns ahead of next year's World Cup because Brazilian supporters, who have complained about the system, are used to turning up on match day to buy tickets" (REUTERS, 6/13).