Corinthians held their first training session at the Itaquerao stadium on March 15. They will call it home after the World Cup (Getty)

(WFI) With 84 days to go, delegations from FIFA and the Brazil 2014 organising committee today embark on a final round of operational inspections at stadiums – even though three of them have yet to open.

Stadiums in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Cuiaba, Manaus and Natal are on this venue tour. Venues in the six cities which staged the Confederations Cup last year were inspected in January.

Sao Paulo’s 68,000-seat Itaquera stadium, venue for Brazil v Croatia June 12 World Cup opener, is still said to be six to eight weeks from being finished.

Stadiums in Curitiba and Cuiaba are also yet to be completed.

“This inspection tour will be fundamental to consolidate operational plans and for each area to confirm the operations they have planned over the last few years,” says local organising committee stadiums operations manager Tiago Paes was quoted on FIFA.com.

LOC and FIFA officials will check up on the areas of competition, press operations, broadcasting, protocol, communications, IT technology, spectator services, security, medical services, transport, catering, volunteers, hospitality and stadiums operations.

The visits are scheduled as follows:

20 March – Arena de Sao Paulo – Sao Paulo
21 March – Estadio Beira Rio – Porto Alegre
22 March – Arena da Baixada – Curitiba
23 March – Arena Pantanal – Cuiaba
24 March – Arena Amazonia – Manaus
26 March – Arena das Dunas – Natal

IOC inspectors are also in Rio this week for a three-day inspection of 2016 Olympic preparations.

They are expected to visit the Maracana on Thursday, which is both the venue for the July 13 World Cup final and for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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