Host city guarantees World Cup venue will be ready
Brazilian host city guarantees delayed stadium will be ready in time for World Cup
Associated Press
2014-02-13 11:22 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Local organizers in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba say they have taken all necessary measures requested by FIFA to guarantee its delayed stadium will be finished in time for the tournament in four months.

The announcement comes five days before FIFA will say whether the city will remain in the World Cup or whether the four matches scheduled for the venue will move to one of the other 11 host cities.

FIFA gave an ultimatum to local organizers last month, saying they had until Tuesday to show work at the Arena da Baixada could be finished in time.

The state of Parana, the city of Curitiba and local club Atletico Paranaense, in charge of building the stadium, released a joint statement saying they have done everything that was needed.

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