Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has expressed confidence that Curitiba will avoid being dropped as a host venue for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Last month the city was warned that it faced being removed from the World Cup, unless the construction of the new stadium made significant progress (via SportBusiness International). Curitiba is set to host four matches during the group stage of the tournament.
A deadline of 18 February has been set for a demonstration of progress in the construction of the 43,000 seat stadium, so that Fifa can be assured everything will be ready. In quotes reported by AP, Rebello said:
“The expectations are the best possible. There has been progress made on the pitch, on the number of workers and on equipment. This gives us more confidence that things have improved.”
Last month the Brazilian government implemented emergency measures to aid the construction, including releasing $16.7m in funds. The stadium, originally costed at $110m is now more likely to cost $135m.