A venue fit for a Preliminary Draw

The picturesque setting of Rio de Janeiro’s Marina da Gloria has been selected as the location for the first official event of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the Preliminary Draw, which will take place on 30 July.

The harbour offers a truly spectacular venue for what promises to be a special occasion. Situated at the foot of the world-famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Marina da Gloria will provide a stunning gateway to the city for the many visitors expected to flock to Rio in 2014.

However, there is more to Marina da Gloria’s selection than just its aesthetic appeal. The harbour area also boasts 9,000 square metres of floor space for hosting the event, lies within easy reach of Santos Dumont Airport and several hotels in southern Rio, and offers excellent infrastructures for visitors.

The Preliminary Draw is an important step in the countdown to the world finals, with hundreds of journalists from all over the world expected to attend an event sure to please some of the participating nations and disappoint others. All will be revealed in sun-kissed Rio on 30 July.