The visit to the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo this Monday morning (19.08) left a good impression on authorities of the federal government, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). The delegation is confident that the new stadium will be delivered on the established deadline, which is December 2013.
“I look around me and I can safely say that the stadium will be ready in time for the World Cup and the necessary test-events”, said FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke. He referred to the ground that will be the stage of the 2014 World Cup opening as “an undeniable legacy for São Paulo".
Valcke praised the beauty of the pitch, aspect also emphasised by the Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. “This stadium is destined to play host to great football derbies. It's more than a venue, it's also a social endeavour, which has cultural meaning for the identity of our people and our country", stated Rebelo.
During the visit, as it was done before in other World Cup stadiums, symbolic tickets were handed out to the builders, who will have the right to watch a World Cup match at the stadium they have helped to build.
According to information provided by Odebrecht this Monday (19.08), 86% of the construction works of the Corinthians Arena has been finished. Finishing work is being done to the roof on the east and west sides. The metal structures of the south and north roofs are being assembled, while the glass on the west façade is being put in. Sown in June, the pitch has already been cut once and continues to be treated with compost and fertilisers, in order to be ready at the end of September. Finishing work progresses in many fronts.
In addition to the 2014 World Cup opening match on 12 June, the ground will host five games, including a semi-final. The project has been budgeted in R$ 820 million, with R$ 400 million coming from federal financing. In relation to the release of BNDES resources, Aldo Rebelo said that everything has been done and that a "favourable outcome" is very close.
Construction works in the surrounding area
Forty-eight per cent of the construction works of the Itaquera roadway complex have been finished and the project is expected to be fully delivered in March/April 2014.
The Minister of Sport pointed out the importance of these construction works, which are being done in the region with the lowest Human Development Index of the city of São Paulo.
Carol Delmazo - World Cup Portal