Maracana Usable Until May

Maracana Stadium (Getty Images)

Clubs in Brazil will be able to use Maracana Stadium up until a month before the World Cup.

Despite construction delays and the tragic accident at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, FIFA delegate Chris Unger says there is no issue with Maracana, which is due to host seven World Cup matches, including the final on July 13.

“The point of this visit was not to redesign the stadium – it’s a beautiful stadium,” Unger told AFP.

Unger went on to say the purpose of his visit is to review “adaptations” that need to be made following last year’s Confederations Cup.

The tournament opens on June 12. Maracana’s first match will be played on June 15 when Argentina faces Bosnia.

Russia Reveals Training Ground Costs

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at Kazan Arena, one of two completed 2018 World Cup venues. (Getty Images)

The host of the 2018 World Cup will construct and renovate 113 training facilities.

48 of the Russian facilities are listed as “pre-match training grounds,” while the other 65 are grounds at team base camps.

The cost, according to R-Sport, will be about $34 million, a small fraction of the expected $20 billion payout for the tournament overall.

Much of the money is expected to go toward the 12 stadiums and infrastructure in the 11 cities.

Only two stadiums are currently ready, Kazan Arena and Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, but neither has hosted its first football match.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

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