- Associated Press - Saturday, February 15, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) - The World Cup stadium in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre held its first test event on Saturday.

Brazilian club Internacional opened the Beira-Rio in a match against Caxias in a regional tournament, allowing 10,000 of its fans to attend. The stadium will hold 50,000 people, but authorities will not authorize the sale of all tickets until the work is fully finished.

The Beira-Rio is one of the five stadiums yet to be finalized just four months before the World Cup, although work is advanced.

Internacional wanted to play at the venue for the first time in January but civil defense authorities deemed the venue unsafe at the time.



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