Ghana-US Match Venue Not Ready

Maceio-1With less than 24 hours to tonight’s dream clash between Ghana and the United States, venue to host the epic game is not all-too complete.

When the Times Sports visited the stadium – Estadio das Dunas, later on

Saturday, construction workers were seen busily working on the south wing entrance with iron rods hanging all over.

There were also a lot of construction materials lying around on unused parts of the stadium which has a sitting capacity of 42,086.

Even inside the stadium proper, interior parts of the shiny new stadium were visibly unfinished, while some concrete walls were exposed.

A couple of months ago, Jerome Valcke, Secretary General of FIFA, described events in Nadal as a “race against the clock,” but was hopeful all was going to be well before the Ghana-US opener here.

However, the pitch and the stands appear to be in great shape for the potentially riveting tie tonight.

Estadio das Dunas stands on the site of the now-demolished Estadio Joao Claudio de Vasconcelos Machado, which was built in 1972 and hosted many matches between the city’s three clubs, ABC, Alecrim and America. Often referred to as the Machado, it was named after Joao Claudio Vasconcelos Machado, who was the president of the Rio Grande do Norte Football Federation and a sports broadcaster.

The stadium’s design is intended to resemble the region’s iconic sand dunes. While its capacity for the tournament will be 42,086, that figure will be dropped by 10,000 after July 13. The stadium’s shell-like structure shields spectators from the sun but keeps the ground well ventilated by the offshore breeze.

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