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Volume 10 No. 23


Man City is set to install Wi-Fi delivered by O2 and Cisco for fans at Etihad Stadium. The Wi-Fi is expected to go live at the 47,000-seat stadium sometime in the coming weeks. Man City will additionally offer StadiumVision Mobile to all fans in the future. StadiumVision Mobile is capable of delivering live video and relevant event information to fans' mobile devices with minimal delay. O2 will also equip Etihad Stadium with technology that improves mobile phone connectivity (Man City).

FIFA has expressed concern over reports that São Paulo's 2014 World Cup stadium "will not be finished by the December deadline as preparations for the tournament continue to be plagued by delays," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. FIFA, which has allowed several stadiums to over-run the deadline for this year's Confederations Cup warm-up event next month, said "no compromises" would be made when it came to the real thing next year. FIFA said in a statement, "FIFA is for sure concerned as it is vital that the firm deadline of December 2013 will be kept." The host cities, federal government and stadium owners "have committed themselves to this date" and acknowledged that for the World Cup, "no compromises can be made to avoid jeopardising the successful staging of football's flagship event." FIFA has insisted that the six stadiums not being used for the Confederations Cup "will be ready by December." They are in São Paulo, Manaus, Cuiaba, Natal, Porto Alegre and Curitiba. Brazilian media quoted the head engineer at São Paulo's Itaquerao stadium as saying that "work would over-run by two months" (REUTERS, 5/8).