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Football: Go-ahead for Porto Alegre stadium add-ons

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A three-firm consortium will build temporary structures required to complete the World Cup venue in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, stadium owners Internacional club said Wednesday.

The Fast-Pazini-Rohr consortium will coordinate work on the structures to provide facilities such as media rooms, security and technological facilities.

Internacional will pick up the bill of several million dollars for the facilities at the stadium, which will host five games, including one second-round match.

Internacional warned in February it could not afford the add-on facilities which will be removed after the event and warned the stadium might have to be left off the 12-venue list for the event starting on June 12.

But local lawmakers voted through legislation in the regional Rio Grande do Sul state assembly to offer firms working on the facilities tax writedowns.

Five firms had bid for the facilities' contract.

Brazil has struggled to get the venues ready -- six missed a December 31 initial FIFA deadline and Curitiba, Cuiaba and Sao Paulo, hosting the opening match between Brazil and Croatia, remain unfinished.

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