World Cup Stadium Roof Reportedly Won't Be Ready in Time for Tournament

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IMay 16, 2014

Men work on the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, May 8, 2014. The still unfinished stadium will host the World Cup opener match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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The 2014 World Cup is less than a month away, but issues with the Itaquerao Stadium in Brazil continue to arise. This time, Brazil is dealing with a report that the stadium roof will not be completed in time for the start of the soccer tournament.

SportsCenter reported the news on Friday afternoon:

The Associated Press, via Sports Illustrated, provides more details on the situation:

Construction company Odebrecht confirmed Friday that a part of the roof at the Itaquerao will only be completed after the World Cup.

There was not enough time to install the glass covers that were supposed to be added to the sides of the stadium's roofing structure, so Odebrecht and local organizers decided to postpone the work until after the tournament.

Odebrecht said the missing covers will not affect fans watching matches in the stadium.

This certainly isn't the first issue with the Itaquerao Stadium in Brazil. Earlier on Friday, the Associated Press, via The Boston Herald, reported there were health issues that halted progress at the stadium. Last month, reports were still swirling as to whether or not the stadium would be ready in time for the tournament.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke spoke about the delay in progress last month, per Owen Gibson of The Guardian:

I am not a World Cup specialist but I will say this has not been easy, for sure. I think things will work well but it is also true that whenever you receive something late it becomes a challenge to make it ready in time.

While the roof not being completed is befuddling, it won't stop the games from going on, as the AP reports. But with the recent developments, Brazil's failure to complete the project despite having years to build the stadium is still shocking.

Much like the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, stories like these will likely continue to come out from Brazil. It's a common occurrence with huge sporting events, but Brazil is certainly making the insults easy as it continues to fall short leading up to the World Cup.

This certainly looks like a huge hiccup, but won't stop the clubs on the field from putting on a huge show. Expect the tournament to still be a huge success with myriad teams competing for the crown.


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