2 Sao Paulo stadiums could host 2014 WCup matches

Officials say South America’s biggest city will likely have two

stadiums ready to host World Cup matches in 2014.

Two days after authorities said Corinthians will build a stadium

that could host the tournament’s opener, Sao Paulo mayor Gilberto

Kassab said Monday that Palmeiras’ arena could also host matches

after its renovation is complete.

Kassab says the issue still needs to be discussed with the

Brazilian football federation.

Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium was set to host the opener, but it

was dropped earlier this year because of a lack of financial

guarantees.

Corinthians’ stadium would need extra investments to host the

opener as its initial planned capacity is for 48,000 people – short

of FIFA’s requirement of 65,000.