It's a record-breaking delay, but circumstances are equally disturbing and FIFA assures there are no plans of relocating the opening game to another city. Arena Corinthians will be ready no sooner than April 14 or 15, just 59 days before the World Cup.
Itaquerao World Cup stadium (nicknamed by the Itaquera district) will be ready in April, just two months before football's showpiece event, the game's governing body FIFA has said. The guarantee came eight days after two workers died when a crane collapsed on part of the venue, reports Xinhua.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter told the media ahead of Friday's 2014 World Cup draw that there was no plan B for the Sao Paulo venue. "We have received information that it will be ready on April 14 or 15," Blatter said. "We believe it is a question of trust. It will be done."
Arena Corinthians will host six World Cup matches, including the tournament opener June 12. Its delay set a negative record in the history of modern World Cups as FIFA normally requires all stadiums to be ready half a year before the tournament and host two full-scale test events ahead of staging tournament games.