2 Sao Paulo stadiums could host 2014 WCup matches

Government officials say South America’s biggest city will

likely have two stadiums ready to host World Cup matches in

2014.

The club team Corinthians is planning to build a stadium that

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

Kassab said Monday that Palmeiras’ facility could also host matches

after its renovation is complete.

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, though. It initially has been planned for 48,000 people,

well short of FIFA’s requirement of 65,000.