Salvador’s Arena Fonte Nova, which will stage three games at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and another six at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, underwent a test event on Sunday 28 April in conjunction with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and relevant public authorities. The evaluations were carried out prior to and during Vitoria’s 2-1 win over Bahia, in a local state championship match witnessed by 27,406 spectators.
The LOC were involved in testing seven different areas of service at the stadium, namely: competitions, cleaning and waste management, security, spectator services, medical services, IT and transport.
Speaking after the event in Salvador, the LOC Stadiums Operations Manager Tiago Paes had this to say: “Although we still have to do a more detailed assessment of the seven operational areas we tested, the evaluation was positive.
"One important area we tested was spectator flow, to ensure the public can make their way calmly through the streets and the area surrounding the Fonte Nova, which is in a densely populated zone. Furthermore, the access control measures worked very well.”
In the area of security, training exercises were held four hours before kick-off for those personnel tasked with internal stadium security, the stewards. The training included a simulation of attempted pitch invasions by fans. In total, 678 stewards were on duty for the Vitoria-Bahia fixture on Sunday.
“The stewarding was carried out by a private security company, who worked in tandem with the Military Police, just as they will do during the FIFA Confederations Cup. We had no security-related incidents and the evaluation in this area was also very positive,” added Paes.
Inaugurated on 5 April, the Fonte Nova already has the temporary stands in place that will increase capacity during the FIFA Confederations Cup. This feature is nearing completion and was singled out for praise by LOC CEO Ricardo Trade, who took part in a joint press conference after the event with Paes, as well as State Secretary for the World Cup (Secopa-BA) Ney Campello, Secretary of the Municipal Office of the World Cup Isaac Edington, and the stadium operator.
“It was very interesting to see the temporary seating already erected,” said Trade. "They’ve not been used yet, but they will be tested further along the line at other arena events to ensure they’re ready for the FIFA Confederations Cup. The command and control room, big screen, lighting, dressing rooms and pitch are all very good. Now we’ll carry out further tests as we have some things to fine tune, but by working together, as always,” he added.
The Fonte Nova is the third purpose-built 2014 FIFA World Cup stadium to be inaugurated, after the Estadio Mineirao and the Estadio Castelao. The venue will get its first taste of FIFA Confederations Cup action on 20 June, when Nigeria face Uruguay in Group B. Two days later, hosts Brazil will take on Italy there in a duel between the two most successful teams in FIFA World Cup history. Finally on 30 June, the Arena will stage the match for third place.
The next test event involving the LOC will take place on 22 May at the Arena Pernambuco.