The United States plays Portugal at the Arena da Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil on June 22. According to a tweet from the Associated Press’s Rob Harris, this is what the field looks like as of Wednesday, where the temperature was 82 degrees with 79 percent humidity. If anything, the playing surface looks somewhat similar to the way Heinz Field or FedEx Field do in December after the 17-week NFL season. Let’s hope there is an official spray paint sponsor for the FIFA World Cup™.
Prior to the U.S. game, the Arena da Amazônia — which opened in March — will host the England/Italy match on Saturday and Cameroon/Croatia on June 18.
Expect to hear Sochi-level bitching from global journalists about games in the Amazon before the England match.