World Cup 2014: Concerns Over Pitch Insecurity at the Cuiaba Stadium

World Cup organisers insists there are some adjustments to be made at the Arena Pantanal Stadium in the area of pitch invasion ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

They said they are satisfied with outcomes of the final two stadium tests for the World Cup on Sunday, despite having admitted they will not finish an incomplete roof at Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao Stadium- the other of the two stadiums were league matches were played on Sunday.

Home team Atletico Mineiro secured a 2-1 win over Santos at the stadium in the wetland city of Cuiaba in its final test event on Sunday.

The Arena Pantanal Stadium is in Due to Host the Super Eagles Penultimate Group Match Against Bosnia at the 2014 World Cup.
The Arena Pantanal Stadium is in Due to Host the Super Eagles Penultimate Group Match Against Bosnia at the 2014 World Cup.

Prior to the end of the match, a supporter of the visiting team evaded the security and entered the field to complain about his team’s performance. Although he was quickly removed, the invasion showed that some adjustments need being made in that area.

“We are satisfied,” local World Cup organising committee CEO Ricardo Trade said, after the match in Sao Paulo between stadium-owner Corinthians and Figueirense. “There are wonderful things, but there are some adjustments to make, there are still some things to finish. It was fundamental that we staged this event.”

The constructors in charge of the Itaquerao Stadium confirmed that glass covers that had to be installed in part of the roof will not be ready until after the World Cup, so fans may have to scramble for cover, should it rain during any of the matches at the venue.

It said it was never a requirement to have all seat covered at World Cup stadiums, but if the glass covers were already in place, a lot more people would have been protected from the rain.

The Sao Paulo stadium will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, when nearly 70,000 fans and guests are expected at the stadium.

The Cuiaba stadium is venue for the clash between Nigeria and World Cup debutantes Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 21.

None of the test matches in all 12 stadiums were held at full capacity, however, as there is still a lot of work to be done at the venues, including the installation of seats.

Fifa usually wants three test events in stadiums hosting World Cup games, but it had to accept less than its requirement in Brazil because of the country’s well-publicised preparation delays.

The world football governing body and the local organisers were closely monitoring the test matches on Sunday, analysing everything from fan’s access to the stadiums to pitch condition and to security.

(Materials from the Associated Press was used in this report).


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