Brazilian organisers acknowledged problems but expressed satisfaction with the final two stadium tests for the World Cup on Sunday, including one at the troubled Sao Paulo arena that hosts the tournament opening game in a few weeks.
Brazilian league matches were played to inaugurate Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo and Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiaba.
Organisers said there were problems at both venues, including a leaking roof at Itaquerao and a field invasion by a fan at Arena Pantanal. But no major setbacks were reported, and getting through the tests was important to help alleviate at least some of the concerns about Brazil’s readiness for football’s showcase event.
“We are very satisfied,” local organising committee CEO Ricardo Trade said after the match in Sao Paulo. “There are wonderful things, but there are some adjustments to make, there are still some things to finish.”
Itaquerao, Arena Pantanal and Arena da Baixada in the southern city of Curitiba have been the most delayed stadiums ahead of the month long World Cup, which begins June 12. The final test at Arena da Baixada was held last week.
Now all 12 World Cup stadiums have held test events. None of the test matches were held at full capacity, however, as there is still a lot of work left at the venues, including the installation of seats.AP