Maracana needs new roof
Maracana needs a new roof before the 2014 World Cup, possibly
delaying the stadium’s readiness by a year to 2013.
The stadium was expected to be ready by the end of 2012, but
Brazilian football federation president Ricardo Teixeira told local
channel SporTV that it possibly won’t be in shape before 2013. He
said the goal remains to have Maracana prepared for that year’s
Maracana will host the World Cup final, just as it did when
Brazil organized the tournament for the only other time in
The stadium hasn’t been used since last September because of the
Teixeira said late Wednesday that a new roof was necessary
because of ”unexpected” problems with the current roof.
In January, Rio de Janeiro city officials found deterioration in
some materials used in the roof’s structure, but at the time there
wasn’t enough evidence to confirm it was compromised. The full
extent of the problem was discovered after a study by the city
department in charge of revitalizing the venue.
According to Teixeira, engineers said it was easier to build a
new roof than to fix it. The initial project included keeping the
It wasn’t announced how the changes would affect the renovation
cost, which originally was estimated at about $430 million. Some
local media reports said it could surpass $600 million now.
Maracana underwent extensive renovation in 2005 to make it ready
for the 2007 Pan American Games hosted by Rio de Janeiro.
Teixeira’s announcement of problems with Maracana’s roof came
just days after FIFA President Sepp Blatter criticized Brazil’s
preparations for the 2014 World Cup. He urged officials to speed up
construction work for the monthlong tournament, including at
Teixeira denounced Blatter’s criticism on Wednesday, but
acknowledged that some host cities were facing difficulties.
”We have problems in Sao Paulo and Natal because the stadiums
there haven’t started being built yet,” Teixeira said.
The stadium in Sao Paulo is expected to host the opening
Teixeira also said the lack of upgrades in the country’s
outdated airports remains a big concern, but added the government
was aware of the difficulties and was working to solve the