NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Last year, New Orleans soccer fans rejoiced at the news that the city was finally moving forward with a long-discussed soccer stadium in the Algiers neighborhood.

But after an initial flurry, work at the site was halted.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/S1elbG ) officials now say construction should resume in spring 2013.

The Behrman Soccer/Rugby Complex at Behrman Memorial Park is expected to be completed by early 2014. C. Hayne Rainey, a spokesperson for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Rainey said the $12.8 million project was delayed while the city and state ironed out changes in funding methods.

State Sen. David Heitmeier, D-New Orleans, who helped secure the funding for the project, said an additional delay resulted from the need to allow the dirt to settle at the site.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com