Unfinished World Cup 2014 Stadium Now Open To Public

By iSportconnect | April 17, 2012

The stadium which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as the final of the 2014 football World Cup, have been opened to the public. 


Although renovation work at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro is still less than 50 per cent completed, the public can now apply to take part in tours to see first-hand the improvements at the impressive 82,000 capacity site.


Visits have been scheduled for the first Saturday of each month beginning in May.


The historic Stadium will boast a lower grandstand and the fitting of the new roof is continuing after faults were found in its previous construction.


Work at the Stadium has been blighted by delays, with strikes affecting the reconstruction efforts.


However, the ground is expected to be ready by February 2013, in time for next year’s Confederations Cup – the “dry run” ahead of the following year’s World Cup.


The ground will also be used for the football tournament at the Rio 2016 Games.