The World Cup is just nine days away and construction on one of its largest stadiums located in Sao Paulo is still underway. The Arena de Sao Paulo, which is the marquee stadium in Brazil’s largest city, is nowhere near complete according to reports by Bleacher Reports Patricia Clarke, with the games set to begin in just a week and a half in Brazil.
Construction delays have been a pressing concern in the many weeks leading to the 2014 World Cup and it appears with just nine days left til the teams kick-off, these concerns are still a serious issue. With the games scheduled to begin, June 12th, it appears construction crews working on the 70,000 capacity stadium in Sao Paulo, will have their work cut out for them.
According to a report by Marissa Payne of the Washing Post, there are many construction challenges leading up to the stadium’s first game between Group A opponents Brazil and Croatia. There are several glaring issues from bleachers still being unfinished to large, unfinished concrete walls being exposed. The construction delays will keep the Arena de Sao Paulo from being capable of holding a final test match at full capacity, prior to the scheduled June 12th kick-off.
The Arena de Sao Paulo isn’t the only concern for the host nation and its construction woes, as Sao Paulo’s stadium Itaquerao and Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova are still yet to have tests at full capacity. There are test matches scheduled for each stadium over the coming days as construction crews and stadium officials continue to prepare for kick-offs at these three stadiums.
Of the 11 stadiums that are scheduled to host matches beginning June 12th, it is difficult to tell how many of them will be ready by kick-off. If the press conference held today at the Arena de Sao Paulo is indicative of the other stadiums’ concerns, construction crews may be working right up until kick-off.