Following a decision by the FIFA Futsal Committee on Friday, 5 October, the match schedule for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 has been revised. This decision has been made in conjunction with the Local Organising Committee and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
The Bangkok Futsal Arena will now host its first matches on Wednesday, 14 November, with the four match days scheduled earlier in the competition now being moved to the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok.
Construction on the site was initially delayed as a consequence of the heavy rains in October 2011 that crippled parts of the city and resulted in severe flooding.
The BMA had planned to hand over the Bangkok Futsal Arena on 21 October, but another period of heavy rain in recent weeks - which has once again caused flooding in many parts of Bangkok - has slowed down the final stages of construction. With meteorologists currently also monitoring both a typhoon and a tropical storm in the region, the decision to provide more time for the completion of the Bangkok Futsal Arena has been taken to ensure the safety of construction workers on-site.
This delay will ensure that the new facility is completed and ready for two of the quarter-final matches and both semi-finals as well as the match for third place and final to be hosted on Sunday, 18 November.
Anyone who has bought tickets for the three double-header group matches, as well as the round-of -16 match initially scheduled to be played at the Bangkok Futsal Arena, can exchange these by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org by email, or the call centre by telephone on: 02-2623555.
A final decision on the readiness of the arena will be taken by FIFA by 25 October.