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Maracanã Expected To Regain Electricity Following Agreement To Pay Outstanding Debt

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 30 / 17

Maracanã Stadium is "expected to get its electricity switched back on after managers Odebrecht agreed on Friday to pay much of the outstanding bill," according to REUTERS. The stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, was ...

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