There has been a lot of concern about Brazil's ability to get their World Cup stadiums built, but somehow the venue in Manaus hasn't been the biggest problem. They have managed to get all the building materials to the city in the Amazon, taking them by boat up the river and building in the middle of a rainforest, monsoons and all. The stadium is still being touched up, but it's generally okay.
The field, not so much.
While the building itself may be nearly ready, the field isn't close to it. It's sandy, patchy and looks awful.
It looks even worse up close.
Close up view of the pitch by the near touchline at Amazonia Arena in Manaus. It's pretty awful. pic.twitter.com/WbTG6b3nbK— Matt Hughes (@MattHughesTimes) June 11, 2014
Unfortunately, there's not a ton the organizers can do. They're trying to grow grass in a city that can be 90 degrees with oppressive humidity, then have a monsoon, then be so sunny that everything dries out. It's pretty much hell.
Maybe they can change Saturday's England vs. Italy match to volleyball.