Two days after its opening on Monday, the Arena Pernambuco in Recife staged a test event in which the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) participated along with government authorities. The event in question was a friendly match between Nautico and Sporting CP, the first official game to be played at the stadium, one of the six to be used at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. Watched by a crowd of 26,803, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The LOC was involved in seven service areas at the Arena Pernambuco: competitions, cleaning and refuse collection, security, spectator services, medical services, IT and transport (for the teams).
Afterwards, LOC Stadiums Operations Manager Tiago Paes gave his view on the test event.
“This is the first time the stadium has been used and it’s the first time the stadium team has been in operation, so it’s only natural that a few adjustments need to be made here and there,” said Paes. “We never expected everything to go off perfectly in the opening game, though our initial assessment is a positive one. The Arena Pernambuco more than matched up to the other stadiums that have been tested so far (the Mineirao, Castelao and Fonte Nova).”
Wednesday’s match at the Arena Pernambuco did not attract a full house, with only 30,000 tickets being made available for the game. That figure equates to two-thirds of the capacity that the stadium will offer when it hosts three of the matches at the forthcoming FIFA Confederations Cup, which starts on 15 June.
On day two of the competition reigning European and world champions Spain will take on South American champions Uruguay in a Group B match at the stadium. Three days later it will stage the Group A game between Italy and Japan, with Uruguay and Tahiti facing off on the final matchday in Group B on 23 June.
The Arena Pernambuco will stage five games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, four of them in the group phase and another in the Round of 16. Recife was also a Host City at Brazil 1950, when it provided the venue for Chile’s 5-2 defeat of USA in group phase.
The next test event involving the LOC’s teams will take place this coming Sunday at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia Mane Garrincha, when Santos take on Flamengo on the opening day of the Brazilian championship season.