Brasilia World Cup Stadium Opening Delayed Two Months Ahead Of Confederations Cup Start
Officials said Monday that the Estadio Mane Garrincha Nacional in Brasilia, where the Confederations Cup is due to kick off in two months, "will not be officially opened until May 18 because rain has delayed the laying of the pitch," according to Anthony Boadle of REUTERS. Brasilia World Cup Secretary Claudio Monteiro said, "Without the grass it would be like opening a theater with no stage." President Dilma Rousseff was scheduled to open the new 72,000-seater stadium on Sunday, "but contractors have not been able to drain the waterlogged ground enough to lay the turf." Only four of the six Confederations Cup venues "are ready for the tournament." The $500M arena "is the most expensive of the 12 venues that will host the World Cup" (REUTERS, 4/16).