More workers to be hired for Maracana renovation

BY foxsports • April 5, 2011

Rio officials say they will hire about 3,500 extra workers to make sure that renovations at Maracana stadium are completed in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The extra workers will be needed because recently it was detected that a completely new roof will have to be built at the famed venue, which is also expected to host the World Cup final in 2014.

Rio de Janeiro vice governor Luiz Fernando Pezao told Brazilian media on Tuesday that authorities will do whatever needed to guarantee the stadium is ready for the Confederations Cup.

The renovation at Maracana was expected to be ready by the end of 2012, but the new roof will likely push the deadline into 2013.

Pezao said the final cost will be near $500 million.