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Report: Damaged Brazil stadium may not be ready until February

Nov 28, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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At this point, getting the job done right is more important than getting the job done on time, so if it takes until February, so be it. After tragedy struck yesterday in São Paulo, it’s best to take a step back and reevaluate the project, even if that means work originally targeting a Dec. 31 delivery date now won’t be done until February 2014.

That’s the takeaway from Reuters’ Thursday report claiming Arena Corinthians may take more than 70 days to be completed once the debris from yesterday’s crane collapse starts to be cleared. Damaging the facility’s east concourse, the accident that killed two people ensures the facility will not make FIFA’s deadline.

However, according to the report’s source, the world governing body was flexible on the deadline for the São Paulo facility:

The source said, however, that FIFA has always been quietly willing to extend the deadline for the Sao Paulo facility – called Arena Corinthians – by a few months if necessary because construction there started a year later than at other stadiums.

“The timeline needed to open the stadium is guaranteed,” the source said.

That same source said work could on the arena could resume early next week:

The source said, however, that FIFA has always been quietly willing to extend the deadline for the Sao Paulo facility – called Arena Corinthians – by a few months if necessary because construction there started a year later than at other stadiums.

“The timeline needed to open the stadium is guaranteed,” the source said.

In the same report, FIFA said attempts to estimate the delays caused by the accident were “premature,” though the organization “is not worried” about the facility’s ability to host the World Cup’s opening match on June 12.

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