Cuiaba has seemingly avoided the risk of missing the deadline for the delivery of its stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup after reaching an agreement with a seat supplier for the venue.
Local officials were this month forced to re-tender the seating contract for the 44,000-seat Arena Pantanal after public prosecutors alleged that the seats were overpriced. The second process was suspended last week because of alleged irregularities with a bidding company, but the Associated Press reports Kango Brasil has agreed to lower the prices of the seats, allowing the original bidding process to become valid again.
Prosecutors said only one company came forward in the second process and was not allowed to bid because it allegedly didn’t meet all of the requirements established by local authorities. The agreement still needs to be approved by a judge, which is expected to happen this week. State prosecutors said the new deal will save at least US$700,000 in public funds when compared to the initial contract, although they admitted that the pressure of the upcoming FIFA delivery deadline played a role in the negotiations. “This deal will avoid possible losses if the construction is not delivered within the timetable established by FIFA,” said state prosecutor Clovis de Almeida.
The Arena Pantanal will host four group games during the World Cup. Mato Grosso state Governor Silval Barbosa had earlier warned that failure to address the seating problem could lead to a crucial fortnight delay ahead of December’s FIFA stadium delivery deadline.