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May 21, 2014

FIFA postpones Sao Paulo event

Home of SC Corinthians Paulista, Arena Sao Paulo took-on a $370 million dollar renovation fee, and will host six matches including Brazil vs. Croatia as its opening game.

SAO PAULO -- The final test event at the troubled World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo has been postponed because of concerns from local authorities.

FIFA says a test match scheduled for May 29, a Thursday, has been moved to the following Sunday to avoid disrupting the city's ''operational routine'' on a working day.

FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday that it also decided to stage the game on a weekend to ''ensure it attracts more than 50,000'' fans needed to properly test the venue.

Less than 40,000 people attended the first test match at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo last weekend, when the 20,000 temporary seats being added for the opening game of the tournament couldn't be used.

Nearly 70,000 people are expected for the opener, Brazil-Croatia, on June 12.

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