SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian organizers say they have reached an agreement with a seat supplier for the World Cup stadium in Cuiaba, avoiding a new bidding process and reducing the risk of missing the December deadline established by FIFA.
Friday's announcement comes a day after the state governor admitted for the first time that the stadium's delivery could be delayed about two weeks.
FIFA has been saying Brazil can't afford to go through the same types of delays that plagued stadium construction ahead of the Confederations Cup, when only two of the six venues were ready in time.
The initial bidding process for the seats was canceled this month after public prosecutors alleged they were overpriced. The second process was suspended this week because of alleged irregularities with a bidding company.