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World Cup safety concerns

The World Cup kicks off today in Brazil.
32 countries vying for that coveted trophy in a month-long soccer tournament.

But security is a major concern for people traveling to Sao Paulo for the event.
Dozens of protesters fought against Brazilian police today, trying to make their way to Corinthians Stadium where the World Cup tournament is taking place.
   
Officers fired tear gas into the crowd and arrested at least one person.
The demonstrators are mad because the government is spending 11-million dollars on the World Cup instead of affordable housing, hospitals and schools.

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone spoke with a Pensacola man who's heading to the World Cup this weekend, but says he's not worried about the security concerns.
 
There have been safety concerns and the main stadium isn't completely built yet, but that's not stopping one Pensacola man from getting excited about attending this year's World Cup.

Jeff Hoffman- Football Fan
"If you read the internet reports, you will be scared to death."
Jeff Hoffman has been a fan of the world cup since he was kid..  In 1998 he got to go to his first World Cup game in **London**. But that's not the last time he would watch a World Cup in a hosting city.

Jeff Hoffman- Football Fan
"I was doing a semester aboard in Switzerland during the 2010 World Cup and I caught the fever."

Hoffman leaves for Brazil on Sunday and will be staying there for more than two weeks.
"We've been trying to brush up on some Portuguese, definitely not fluent by any means."
 
Even with protests happening in the area, Hoffman says he isn't worried about his safety  and that he plans on acting the way he does in other big cities.

"We're not going to wear any flashy jewelry, not  carrying a huge wad of cash."
And as for the arena that's not quite finished, Hoffman says he'll just go with the flow.

"We'll just watch in an incomplete stadium. We just really want to be down there."
Kalie Desimone

The next World Cup game will be on at 10:30 am Central time on  Friday.