(WFI) Work on the World Cup stadium in Manaus has resumed, although construction remains temporarily suspended on the roof following the death of a worker on Saturday.
Despite reports that workers had gone on strike at the Arena Amazonia demanding better safety conditions, INSIDER is told by a FIFA source that work has restarted.
But the pressure being put on construction workers to finish stadiums in the next few months, already well behind schedule, is causing workers’ unions to voice concerns.
At least four construction workers have now died at World Cup venues.
Another died at the Manaus site in March and two were killed when a crane collapsed two weeks ago at Sao Paulo’s 68,000-seat stadium, site of the opening match of the 2014 tournament.
INSIDER is told that work goes on at Arena Corinthians, as FIFA awaits the results of an investigation into the two deaths. Work on the roof structure remains suspended.
Sepp Blatter revealed earlier this month that the Sao Paulo venue won’t be finished until mid-April.
Resort for Germany Players
Germany’s football team is having its own accommodations built for the World Cup.
According to a report in German tabloid Bild, a beachside camp is to be constructed in the in Santo André in the state of Bahia because the country’s football federation could not find a suitable location elsewhere.
The complex includes 13 houses, with the team’s football pitch and press centre about 1km away.
“Bearing in mind the size of the country and the considerable distances between each tournament venue, it was important for us to minimize the strain of travelling to and from matches as much as possible,” team manager Oliver Bierhoff said in a statement on the German Football Association’s website. “Acclimatization and recovery will also play a major role at this World Cup, and our camp offers ideal conditions in these respects.”
Aggreko Power Up
FIFA has appointed Aggreko to provide temporary broadcast power solutions for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) and the stadiums in all 12 World Cup host cities.
World football’s governing body said it would safeguard the match coverage from all venues of Brazil 2014 for fans across the world.
The agreement will save about $20 million in running costs for Brazil’s host cities, including up to $5 million for the IBC in Rio de Janeiro.
“To ensure that the images from the twelve stadiums are transmitted to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, it is essential that we have reliable and consistent broadcast power provided by temporary infrastructure,” said FIFA TV director Niclas Ericson.
FIFA is investing more than $150 million in the TV and broadcast production of the 2014 tournament. That was the approximate amount spent on the 2010 World Cup production.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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