SAO PAULO, Brazil - The stadium hosting the opening match of the World Cup on June 12 will not be finished in time for its final test event.
Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena had to schedule a last-minute test for Monday, 11 days from the World Cup kick-off, after its first official match revealed a host of problems despite only filling the stadium to half capacity.
But Corinthians football club, the stadium's owners, said on Friday safety officials had only authorised them to sell 40,000 tickets for the second test event, still short of the 65,000 fans expected for the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia.
Work on Brazil's 12 host stadiums has been marred by chronic delays, cost overruns and construction accidents that have killed eight workers — three of them in Sao Paulo.
The stadiums in host cities Curitiba, Cuiaba, Porto Alegre and Natal are all incomplete to varying degrees 13 days from the opening ceremony and match.