There is little more than a week and a half to go before the 65,000-seat Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo hosts the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia, and Business Insider
notes -- with
several supporting photos -- that it’s still not complete. While the multiple construction delays over the last 15 months have been well-documented, the Itaquerao, also known as the Arena
Corinthians, will host the opening game of the World Cup on June 12 without conducting a full test event.
On Sunday, the stadium held what was supposed to be its final test -- a Brazilian
top-flight game between Botofogo and Corinthians -- but only 37,000 of the 65,000 seats were filled because a section of temporary stands behind one of the goals had yet to be approved for use by the
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the construction company in charge of the project announced that the glass roof designed to protect fans from the rain wouldn’t be completed
until after the tournament.
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