Construction finally resumes on the World Cup Stadium
The first kick-off of the 2014 World Cup is getting close, and thankfully work has resumed on the stadium that will host five matches in the competition. Construction had been suspended in 2011 because there was simply not enough money to continue. Brazilian club Internacional and Andrade Gutierrez, the construction company, had not been able to raise enough funds to guarantee that the project would be secure financially. However, thankfully for everyone involved, they have now reached a partnership agreement that means the stadium can now be completed as originally planned, by the end of 2013. This should give organisers enough time to check that everything is up to standard before the start of the World Cup, which will officially begin on Thursday 12th June 2014.
When there were worries about the difficulties of signing this new partnership, there was the possibility that another would take its place. Many people, including some of those who follow the future World Cup developments closely, reading articles after surfing the http://www.poker.dk site, had been hoping that the International rival Gremio’s new arena would be used instead. Gremio has been building this new stadium in Porto Alegre, to FIFA specifications. Officials have constantly been reiterating the fact that it will be ready for World Cup matches if needed, and now it is almost 60 percent complete.
However, making a switch this late would be difficult, as the new venue would have to be scrutinised under the FIFA approval process, which takes a long time. Now, after the development regarding work recommencing on the Beira-Rio Stadium, it is likely that the Gremio arena will just be used as a training facility.
About World Cup KickOff
World Cup KickOff was originally developed in 2006 by Si Jobling as he wanted to download the World Cup match fixtures into his own Outlook calendar. It turned out Si wasn't alone and the website was advocated by the likes of Yahoo!, the Guardian and several publications as a shining example of how to utilise sports data in technology.
Reincarnated for FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, users can download or subscribe to the World Cup 2010 kickoff times in Outlook, iCal, iPhone or Thunderbird (or any other applications or devices that support ICS calendar files).
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