The Corinthians Arena, stage of the World Cup opening match in São Paulo will have its delivery timeframe readjusted, as the plan was for it to be finished at the end of this month. The announcement was made this Tuesday (03.12), by the FIFA President Joseph Blatter during a press conference held at Costa do Sauipe (state of Bahia, Brazil's northeast region). The stadium’s new delivery date is February 2014. The Baixada Arena in Curitiba will also be finished in 2014. The other four stadiums are in the final stages of construction and events are expected to be held at the grounds in January. This is the case for Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Cuiabá.
FIFA, the federal government and those in charge of the construction works of the Corinthians Arena are waiting for the forensic report, which is expected to be handed in at the end of the week. The report assesses the damage caused by the collapse of the crane being used to assemble the last piece of the stadium's roof, which led to the death of two workers last week. According to the FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke, despite the accident, there will be time to finish and conduct tests at the stadium before the World Cup.
“We’re waiting for the final technical report so we may discuss it with the construction company. We know that, depending on when we’re given the green light to resume work, there may be some changes, but we have time. We have not gone into crisis mode, trying to find alternatives for the opening in São Paulo. Of course the stadium won't be delivered at the end of the year, but it will be delivered in time for the opening match, based on the preliminary information given to us”, said Valcke.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter also showed to be confident that the project will be concluded. “We are sorry that there was loss of lives and I'd like to offer my condolences to the families. In relation to the damage, it will be repaired and the ground will be ready. It's a matter of trusting the federal and state governments, as well as of the host cities. With the reports we’ve seen today, at the World Cup Organising Committee meeting, we’re sure that we’re in the right direction to achieve positive results".
The Baixada Arena in Curitiba has also had its delivery date changed. The FIFA Secretary-General confirmed that the stadium in the state of Paraná will be finished at the end of February 2014.
“Curitiba is the stadium where we’ve had the most problems and I’m certain that it will not be delivered before the end of February 2014. We’re going to increase the number of workers so that the temporary structures may be assembled. The plan for selling numbered seats at the stadium has to wait because we haven’t got the stadium's map yet. Therefore, São Paulo and Paranã will be delivered in February and not at the end of the year as planned", he said.
The Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport and member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) Luis Fernandes, pointed out that the final draw is in effect, the beginning of the World Cup. “We’ve started the final and decisive stage with two challenges: delivering the stadiums with enough time for us to have grounds fully organised from an operational point of view. Then, we do the planning meetings together with each host city to ensure a higher success rate of the operational plans”, said Fernandes.
This Tuesday's press conference, which was held at the same venue that will hold the 2014 World Cup final draw, was also attended by FIFA’s Communication Director Walter de Gregorio, a member of FIFA’s Organising Committee Issa Hayatou and LOC and CBF President José Maria Marin.