But what, exactly, does it mean that the stadiums might not be completed in time? Figueredo didn't sound too sure. "We will return on June 1 to see if the timetable has been kept to and then we will make the final decision on where the games will be played," he said.
Does that mean a new country, or smaller venues? "It could be June 10 or 12 before everything is finished," Figueredo said. "The deadline has been pushed back for a variety of problems." Jorge Rodriguez, the president of the Copa America's local organizing committee, asserted that all would be ready in time. "We swear that there will be nine venues, the work is advancing and overcoming all the obstacles. I want to ratify the Copa America in each one of the cities." Either way, the revised deadline for stadium completion is certainly cutting it close: the Copa's start date is June 26.