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World Cup stadium opens a day after protests

Sao Paulo: The latest stadium inaugurated for the World Cup in Brazil held its first two matches without major glitches on Sunday, a day after demonstrators across Brazil protested against the tournament.   The Arena das
India TV News Desk January 27, 2014 6:24 IST
India TV News Desk
Sao Paulo: The latest stadium inaugurated for the World Cup in Brazil held its first two matches without major glitches on Sunday, a day after demonstrators across Brazil protested against the tournament.
   
The Arena das Dunas in the northeastern city of Natal sustained minor damage during protests, but demonstrators stayed away on Sunday and officials said the stadium passed its first test, with only minor adjustments needed going forward.
 
Work was being done until the final moments before the inaugural match, but the doubleheader between local clubs went on without problems in front of tens of thousands of fans.
   
Before the matches, local media reported that police arrested two men accused of firing shots at a group of rival fans a few kilometers from the stadium.