After their visit to Sao Paulo on Tuesday morning, the FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) delegation were at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba by the same afternoon. FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke toured the stadium accompanied by Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and former player and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board member Ronaldo. Also in attendance were Governor of Parana Beto Richa, Mayor of Curitiba Gustavo Fruet, and Chairman of Atletico-PR Mario Celso Petraglia.
Afterwards, members of the delegation took part in a meeting with local authorities. The visit finished with a press conference at the stadium, which will host four Brazil 2014 group stage games.
FIFA.com rounds up what was said at the press conference:
FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke
“There’s clearly a lot of work still to be done. There will be a test event here on 14 May, which should be carried out with the stadium at full capacity, just as it will be during the World Cup itself.”
Brazilian Minister of Sport, Aldo Rebelo
“I’m a kind of critical optimist. I trust everyone involved to organise the kind of World Cup that Curitba deserves. Through tremendous hard work, the Parana state government, the city of Curitiba and Atletico Paranaense have overcome the challenges they faced.”
Chairman of Atletico-PR, Mario Celso Petraglia
“I had plenty of sleepless nights, and we had to overcome a lot of difficulties, but we had the support and understanding of everyone involved. Now we will keep working to make sure the stadium is ready for the test event.”
State Secretary for the World Cup in Curitiba, Mario Celso Cunha
“There’s just one month to go until the stadium has to be ready for the World Cup. Everything has been mutually agreed between the parties involved so that the end result will be exactly how we all want it.”
Curitiba World Cup Municipal Secretary, Reginaldo Cordeiro
“It’s important to highlight the transparency of the commitments made. We want Curitiba to continue to be an example to others.