Organisers have moved one of the semi-finals due to be played in Caracas after deciding the ground does not meet security obligations.
The game, due to be played on July 10, will now take place in Maracaibo. It is the second game to be moved for security concerns and heightens long-standing worries that the venues, a record nine of which are being used, will not all be ready in time for the competition’s kick off on Tuesday.
The Estadio Olimpico holds 30,000 people and was due to host only two games during the tournament. The only game to be played there now is the third-fourth place play off on July 14.
Venezuela is a nation split between regions where they play baseball and regions where football dominates. The Venezuelan capital is considered a basball city. Maracaibo, meanwhile, is one of Venezuela’s footballing hotbeds and plays host to Group C featuring Argentina and the US.