FIFA Says Four Stadiums Are Enough For Confederations Cup
FIFA said on Thursday that "four stadiums would suffice for Brazil to stage the 2013 Confederations Cup," following delays in completing the six arenas initially planned, according to the AFP. FIFA Communications Dir Walter de Gregorio said, "We need at least four, but we can use five or six." De Gregorio did not say "how many stadiums FIFA plans to approve for the Confederations Cup," a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. However, he did note that the number would be announced in São Paulo on Nov. 8. On the same day, details will also be announced regarding ticket sales, which begin on Dec. 3. FIFA "will then decide on venues" based on progress that has been made on stadiums in the cities of Recife and Salvador. The Confederations Cup will be held June 15-30. FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke "highlighted major delays in preparing the six Brazilian stadiums" for the Confederations Cup. Valcke: "Few stadiums will be delivered on time. Things need to be sped up for the Confederations Cup" (AFP, 10/19).