Beira-Rio World Cup stadium to miss new deadline

Rio de Janeiro, March 27: Construction work at Porto Alegre’s Beira-Rio stadium will not be complete until two weeks before the World Cup begins, the city’s mayor has said.

The announcement was made Wednesday, hours after Brazil’s Rio Grand do Sul state parliament passed a bill guaranteeing tax breaks for suppliers of temporary structures at the venue, reported Xinhua.

“We have already spoken to some companies who have shown very positive signs about making a commitment,” Porto Alegre’s mayor Jose Fortunati said during a press conference.

Beira-Rio was officially opened last month but still lacks structures for media and sponsors while a large area outside the stadium remains unpaved.

The 50,000-seat Beira-Rio will host five World Cup matches, the first between France and Honduras June 15.

World football’s governing body FIFA has set a May 21 deadline for the stadium to be ready.

“We will probably pass the deadline of May 21 but by the end of the month we will definitely have in place the structures needed for the fans.”

IANS