Brazilian World Cup venue needs new roof

The Brazilian football federation says the roof at Maracana will have to be entirely rebuilt, likely delaying the venue’s readiness for the 2014 World Cup.

The stadium was expected to be ready by the end of 2012, but federation president Ricardo Teixeira told local channel SporTV that it won’t likely be ready before 2013. He said the goal remains to have the venue ready for that year’s Confederations Cup.

Teixeira said a new roof was necessary because of ”unexpected” problems in the present roof.

He said late Wednesday that engineers said it was easier to build a new roof than to fix it. The initial project was to keep the original roof.