Italian Serie A club Udinese Calcio announced that it "will build a new stadium," according to the SID. For its new stadium, which is expected have a capacity of 25,000, the club will invest €25M ($33M). Club President Giampaolo Pozzo said that construction will begin on May 13 and is expected to be completed by Sept. '14. Udinese Calcio hopes that "it can move in its new stadium at the start of the '14-15 season." Italian football "has been fighting for years with the problem of old stadiums that are largely owned by the cities" (SID, 4/19).
Brazil's Maracanã football stadium "took a step closer to readiness" this weekend with a sound and lighting test, according to INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The stadium "is now 97% ready with just some seating to be installed." On Saturday, the stadium will see the first test game since its closure for renovations -- a friendly between friends Ronaldo and Bebeto. The game will be played behind closed doors with only employees and family members present. A crowd of 19,000 "is expected." President Dilma Rousseff will also attend. For completion "there are still some seats in the lower stands to be installed" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/22).