INTRODUCTION: After months of indecision, it now seems certain that the 1978 World Cup soccer final will, after all, be held in Argentina.
INTRODUCTION: After months of indecision, it now seems certain that the 1978 World Cup soccer final will, after all, be held in Argentina. Now, having won the fight to keep this sporting fiesta, Argentinean authorities are pressing ahead at full speed to complete the stadia necessary to stage the soccer spectacular. This report is from the stadium at Mendoza.
SYNOPSIS: Mendoza, nestling against the Andes mountains, is a prettier place than most for the sitting of a soccer stadium. But this is more than a football pitch and a lot of seats. When it is finished the Mendoza stadium will be one of the five shrines at which soccer enthusiasts from all over the world will congregate next year for the World Cup soccer finals. And Mendoza will hold 50,000 of them at any time.
The stadium is, at the moment, about half finished. But as confidence rises in Argentina being able to overcome its internal problems and retain its right to stage the finals, work is gathering momentum.
Building here is not without its problems. Mendoza is 1,100 kilometres west of Buenos Aires and all building materials have to be brought from industrial centres over long distances. Furthermore, it lies on the Andes snow line and it is likely to be snowing when the finals are staged.
To counteract this, the playing pitch is being laid with underground heating to keep the playing area free from frost. Argentine football authorities are determined to provide the best there is for the 1978 finals...and on time.