Unexpected problems, continuous bad weather and planning hitches have thrown into disarray the timetable for work on Rosario Stadium in Argentina, one of the five venues for the World Cup soccer championships in June.
Unexpected problems, continuous bad weather and planning hitches have thrown into disarray the timetable for work on Rosario Stadium in Argentina, one of the five venues for the World Cup soccer championships in June. It is being built in the town of Rosario, santa Fe province, 200 miles (320 kilometres) from Buenos Aires.
SYNOPSIS: Setbacks in work on the stadium now mean it is not likely to be finished until shortly before the first game here on June the 2nd, when Tunisia meet Mexico in their opening group two match.
The stadium, on the banks of the Parana River, should have been ready a month ago. Six matches are to be played here. Now, engineers working on the site are reluctant to forecast a new deadline for completion of the operation.
Officials say that the main cause of the delays was non-stop rain which hit Rosario earlier this year. Much completed work was affected by damp and had to be dismantled and made waterproof.
About the only tings in the stadium ready for immediate use are the floodlights, and the pitch which, reports Reuters news agency, looks in perfect condition.
Engineers on the site say if work had started earlier problems could have been avoided. Among work yet to be completed, are fitting of more seats and an electronic scoreboard.
Elsewhere in the city, preparations are underway in earnest for the competition. Work is nearing completion on a press centre and World Cup officials are making arrangements to increase hotel accommodation in the city to cope with the huge number of visitors who are expected for the games.