Brazil opens Curitiba World Cup stadium

Rio de Janeiro, March 30: Brazil’s Arena da Baixada World Cup stadium officially reopened Saturday after more than two years of construction work.

The stadium’s first World Cup test event saw Atletico Paranaense draw 0-0 with J. Malucelli in Brazil’s Parana-state league, reported Xinhua.

Only 10,000 tickets were made available for the match, less than a quarter of the venue’s capacity.

Arena da Baixada is one of three stadiums yet to be ready for football’s signature tournament, to be held from June 12 to July 13.

The venue in Brazil’s south will host four World Cup matches: Iran-Nigeria (June 16), Honduras-Ecuador (June 20), Australia-Spain (June 23) and Algeria- Russia (June 26).

IANS