[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] How bad are things in Curitiba? Construction at Arena da Baixada is so slow FIFA may have to take the drastic step of dropping it for the World Cup.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke held out hope the stadium will be ready, but he gave organizers until Feb. 18 to show it will
be finished in time.
''For the time being,'' Valcke told a news conference on Tuesday, "I trust that the decisions that have been made today will give us Curitiba as one of the host
cities. It will be a difficult birth, but at the end we will have a baby.''
Brazil deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes admitted the pace of work was so slow the stadium would not be ready in time if it continued at the
Curitiba is scheduled to host four first-round games: Iran-Nigeria June 16, Ecuador-Honduras June 20, Spain-Australia June 23 and Algeria-Russia June 26.
stadium seats 45,000 fans and has a retractable roof.