A portion of the stadium that will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing significant damage. It was just the latest setback hampering next year’s World Cup.
Part of a 500-ton metal structure cut through the outer walls of Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, destroying some of the seats on the eastern side of the building and crashing into a huge LED panel that runs across the stadium’s facade. The accident could further delay delivery of the stadium, which was reportedly almost finished before Wednesday’s collapse.
FIFA has set a December deadline for all World Cup venues to be finished.
Local media is reporting that a third person has been hospitalized in critical condition, but the death toll only stands at two for now. The accident happened during lunch time, so many of the workers were not on site when a crane collapsed on top of the metal structure, causing the rest of the damage to occur in a domino ef...