NBC News — Brazil's congress passed a key World Cup bill late wednesday night that opens the way for the sale of alcohol inside the 12 stadiums where the games will be played. When it was chosen to host the World Cup in 2007, Brazil agreed to allow alcohol to be sold in stadiums, even though it banned the sale of booze inside grounds in 2003 in an attempt to stop fan violence.
After many delays, senators passed the unpopular bill at a late night session. One of the international soccer's governing board, or FIFA's biggest sponsors, is beer maker Budweiser. FIFA demands the host nation allow alcohol to be sold at games.