Stadium delays still concern as Confed Cup looms

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Associated Press

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:04 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) — There are signs all soccer stadiums may not be ready three months before the Confederations Cup begins in Brazil.

The deadline for the completion of one venue has been delayed again this week. The few stadiums opened have revealed problems, including a faulty field.

Only two of the six stadiums were finalized by December as originally expected by FIFA. The recent glitches raise doubts about whether they will be ready by the new mid-April deadline established by soccer's governing body.

The Arena Fonte Nova would have been the third venue to be finalized, but local authorities in northeastern Brazil said Friday that constructors are unable to finish on time.

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