Manaus stadium ready December 20 - organisers

10 December 2013 09:31

The new World Cup stadium at Manaus, capital of Amazonia, will be ready for December 20 in time for an inauguration on January 15, coordinator and architect Miguel Capobiango Neto said Tuesday.

"The work is due to finish on December 20 and the official inauguration is scheduled for January 15 with a match between two local teams," Neto told a press conference in the city where England will face Italy in their pool opener.

Ahead of last Friday's World Cup draw FIFA dropped a December 31 deadline for all 12 venues to be ready following a fatal accident at the Sao Paulo arena slated to host the opening match on June 12 while Curitiba and Cuiaba are also running behind schedule.

Curitiba is due to be ready by the end of February but FIFA said ahead of the draw that Sao Paulo would only be ready by mid-April, less than two months before the big kick-off when Brazil take on Croatia.

Source: AFP

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