Maracana all set for pre-match party

If you have tickets for the Maracana this Sunday, then make sure you get there early. As part of the build-up to the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 between the hosts and Spain – a match featuring some of the greatest names in world football – the legends of Brazilian popular music will get the fans on their feet in the tournament’s closing ceremony, which starts at 17:25.

Under the slogan All In One Rhythm™, the show will feature samba star Arlindo Cruz, sertanejo duo Victor & Leo, axé singer Ivete Sangalo and MPB’s very own Jorge Ben Jor, with the drum group GRES Acadêmicos do Grande Rio also putting in an appearance. 

The closing ceremony will last 18 minutes and will showcase the joie de vivre of the Brazilian people and the power of football to bring people together. To help them get the message across, the performers will have the support of 1,250 volunteers, selected from 7,011 candidates.

The doors to the stadium will open at 15:00 on Sunday, an hour earlier than at the two other games held at the Maracana, with the final kicking off at 19:00.

The local authorities have urged fans to use public transport to get to the stadium. Supporters with tickets for the big final between Brazil and Spain can travel free of charge on the metro and rail network. Additional bus services will also be laid on, while the streets around the stadium will be closed and parking prohibited in the area to allow fans to move around easily.

Volunteers will also be on hand to greet ticket holders and indicate the correct stadium access points to them.

In addition to the 930 volunteers working at the Maracana, some 1,300 private stewards will be on duty inside the stadium and in the area just outside it. Following initial visual ticket checks, fans will be asked to form separate queues: wheelchair users/people with special needs; spectators carrying small bags or no bags at all; and spectators carrying large bags. In order to reduce queuing times, fans are advised not to take bags or rucksacks with them.

Spectators will then undergo security procedures similar to those used at airports. These involve them walking through metal-detecting security gates, while their bags are screened by X-ray machines. Food and items such as bottles, signs and musical instruments may not be taken into the stadium. 

Following security checks, fans will then have their tickets electronically checked at the turnstiles, where they will be asked to form separate queues as follows: general public; wheelchair users/obese; and the elderly/people with special needs. Fans are reminded that children must hold tickets in order to access the stadium.

On reaching the stands, supporters will be greeted by volunteers and private stewards who have been trained to direct them to the seats indicated on the tickets. The sale of beer inside the stadium will cease 30 minutes into the second half.

For more information on the special metro service go to:

http://www.metrorio.com.br/noticias/130613_operacao_especial.htm

For more information on Rio de Janeiro City Council’s special transport arrangements go to:

http://www.rio.rj.gov.br/web/guest/exibeconteudo?article-id=3945006

For more information on the special rail service go to:

http://www.supervia.com.br/noticia.php?n=confira-a-programacao-especial-de-trens-para-o-jogo-entre-brasil-e-espanha--no-maracana&cod=495