The iconic Maracana stadium has seen its renovation costs rocket to an estimated €425 million (£359.6m) as the Brazilian government confirmed that a second test event for its reopening has been cancelled.
The Rio de Janeiro state revealed that a further €75m (£63.4m) has been poured into modernising the ground ahead of this summer’s Confederations Cup, with the first game on the pitch to be played between Italy and Mexico on June 16.
The Maracana reopened at the end of last month, but the exhibition on April 27 was plagued by problems, according to reports, with seats still being installed and pavements around the stadium incomplete.
Ticket gates not working, journalists being prevented from taking pictures and holes in the floor were among the issues reported by media outlet Jornal do Brasil.
A second event to celebrate the stadium’s reopening was scheduled for May 15, but officials have ruled out this happening now, casting doubt on how well-equipped the stadium will be for this summer’s prelude competition to World Cup 2014.
Espn.com/br reports that the reason for the delay is that vital work on the Maracana would have to be halted, jeopardising its completion date in June.
The next time that the ground will open its doors will be a friendly between England and Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Selecao on June 2, the second time this year that the footballing giants will face each other after the Three Lions beat the South American side in February.