SAO PAULO (AP) — A small part of the roof of a stadium set to host Confederations Cup matches next month in Brazil collapsed on Monday.
A section of the roof of the Arena Fonte Nova in the northeastern city of Salvador was not able to sustain the large amount of water that settled on top of it after it rained heavily overnight. There were no injuries.
Workers tried to remove water from the roof to keep other parts from collapsing. Television images from local channel Record showed about 20 people using buckets to clear the sections of the roof which still had water on it.
Part of the canvas covering the stands was seen hanging and there was some damage to the seats below. It was one of the 36 panels on the roof that was partially torn apart.
Stadium officials denied any structural problems in the project and said the collapse happened because of a mistake by a worker inspecting the roof on Sunday. They said part of the tarp on the roof was not folded properly, leading to the accumulation of water in that section.
"Repair work has already started and will be concluded in time for the Confederations Cup," Fonte Nova Participacoes said in a statement. "It's an isolated incident. This situation would have never happened during an event because the arena is thoroughly inspected ahead of time."
Local organizers said engineers were sent to the venue to find out what happened.
"FIFA and LOC have been informed that repair work is already underway," the local World Cup organizing committee said in a statement.
The collapse happened the same day Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff praised the country's preparations for the Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up tournament.
"I'm certain that Brazil will shine on and off the field," Rousseff said on Monday in her weekly radio program. "I traveled across the country to inaugurate the six Confederations Cup stadiums ... and was impressed with the beauty and the modernity of these new football stages."
The Fonte Nova was inaugurated in April and will host three Confederations Cup matches, including the high-profile matchup between Brazil and Italy on June 22. The first match at the venue will be on June 20, when Nigeria faces Uruguay.