Structural problems could delay Maracana revamp

Published Jan. 11, 2011 12:44 p.m. ET

Rio de Janeiro city officials say they will investigate possible structural failures that could delay renovation at the Maracana stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The city's department in charge of revitalizing the famous venue, which is scheduled to host the final in 2014, says it will conduct a study to determine whether part of the structure has been compromised.

It said in a statement Tuesday that it found deterioration in some materials used in the structure, but there is not enough evidence to say it has been compromised.

The statement came after the O Globo newspaper reported that structural problems could delay the renovation by six months and increase its cost to nearly $600 million (?470 million).