My rivalry with Corinthians as a SPFC fan aside, I never understood why a stadium like Morumbi, which was not too far from FIFA standards, was cast aside for a venue which does not even exist. Now comes word that a FIFA report said that the Corinthians venue in Itaquera has far more "restrictions" than others such as Maracanã itself (which is undergoing work for the 2014 World Cup). A news blurb from Folha de SP says the following: - Amongst the 109 related restrictions are the number of seats and even the stadium's structure, which is defined as of "low quality." To host the opening match, FIFA demands enough seating for a minimum of 60,000 fans. Currently, the Itaquera stadium only hosts 59,842 seats. This would disqualify the venue from even hosting a semifinal match. - The number of seats is "tight," considering seats that may be unusable for camera platforms and press studios. - The area reserved for the media is a problem in itself - the report states it is "unacceptable that the press corps area be right behind a goal line." - FIFA demands all venues to be ready by July 2013 the latest. Itaquera's stadium won't be ready by then. I really hope Brazil does a good job w/ its venues. Kyocera Arena in Curitiba, Mineirão in BH, Maracanã in RJ, and Beira-Rio in PA (as far as I know it's been worked on for quite some time now) are all undergoing renovations. Even Palmeiras with its Arena Palestra Itália, scheduled for completion in November 2012 (with plenty of time for it to host games in early-mid 2013 for Palmeiras and local competitions in preparation for the 2013 Confeds Cup) and Grêmio with its Arena Tricolor (scheduled for completion in March 2013, thus technically allowing Grêmio to host Campeonato Gaucho games and possibly 2013 Libertadores matches, if Grêmio is in the tournament as well as possibly 2013 Confeds Cup games) are going to offer solid and viable venues for the 2014 World Cup. Everybody wins - Palmeiras and Grêmio will have new, modern stadiums; much revenue will be generated; and, Brazil will be closer to being ready to host both the 2013 Confeds and the 2014 World Cup. But at the same time I can't help but be concerned w/ Itaquera. If the project was truly superior in every way to Morumbi, then for Brazil's sake I'd accept it. But it's not! And it's already February 2011. If the new stadiums Palmeiras and Grêmio are building were started in 2010 (the latter in September; I'm not sure when Palmeiras began work on its stadium), then when will Itaquera's stadium go from paper to at least actual work???