Another day, another Brazilian stadium in jeopardy of not being ready in time for this summer’s World Cup.
According to reports by the BBC and Reuters, José Fortunati, the mayor of the southern city of Porto Alegre told the local radio station, Radio Gaúcha, on Monday that the city requires additional funding in order to complete Estádio Beira Rio, which is scheduled to host five Cup matches.
The stadium’s exterior is yet to be finished, but what concerns the mayor most are temporary buildings outside the stadium to house the media, sponsors and to fulfill other FIFA requirements.
Fortunati is pushing for a "yes" vote on Tuesday in the Rio Grande do Sul state assembly to exempt companies that invest in the temporary structures from having to pay taxes. "If the bill is not voted, we will not have the World Cup in Porto Alegre,” the mayor said. “There's no Plan B, nor C nor Z.”
By law, public funds can’t be used on structures that won’t be used after the World Cup.
On Friday, FIFA’s secretary general, Jerome Valcke, identified Beira Rio as one of the two stadiums in which construction delays were most worrisome. France, Argentina and the Netherlands are among the teams scheduled to play at Beira Rio.