Curitiba stadium to stage test in March
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[February 28, 2014]
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Owners of
the Curitiba stadium, due to be used in this year's World Cup, said a
"test game" would be played on March 29 even though building work will
not have been completed.
"Atletico Paranaense announces that the test game to be played
for the 2014 World Cup meeting all FIFA's recommendations will take
place on March 29, 2014," the club said in a statement on its
website on Thursday.
"The stadium will host a game between the under-23 team and an as
yet unidentified opponent." The club will give details of who can
watch the game at a later date.
The Arena da Baixada stadium, one of the four World Cup grounds
still not ready for the competition, was recently confirmed as one
of the 12 host venues. FIFA had threatened to exclude it because it
was so behind schedule.
The ground is now scheduled to be completed on May 15, a month and a
day before it is due to host its first group match between Iran and
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FIFA confirmed the ground's continued involvement last week but
only after the club sought more financial guarantees and agreed to
hire more workers to get the building work done.
The cost has risen to 330 million reals ($142 million) from its
original 131 million. The stadium is due to host four matches,
including world champions Spain against Australia.
(Reporting by Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Andrew
Downie; editing by Robert Woodward) nL3N0LW4TT
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