FIFA has set the 12 places that will receive the World Cup fan fests, events in the host cities with broadcasting of all matches of the World Cup on big screens outdoors. The list was released early on this Friday (April 13).
According to the marketing director of the entity, Thierry Weil, "the fan fest brings to FIFA and LOC a platform to strengthen the experience of fans at the World Cup, attracting to the event millions of fans outside the stadiums."
On FIFA's official website, Ronaldo, the former soccer star and current board member of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), also commented on the definition.
"As Brazilians, we always had the habit of rooting for our team at big popular festivals throughout the country, where people from all social classes meet. So, I am sure it will be the best fan fest of all time," he said.
The official list ends with uncertainties in some cities, as in Cuiabá, where the Acrimat Exhibition Park had been replaced by an event center in the district Morada do Ouro earlier this year. Then, the World Cup Secretary of Mato Grosso went back and set the Exhibition Park for the FIFA’s event.
In São Paulo, Vale do Anhangabaú, downtownin, won the contest against the Ibirapuera Park, in the south area, and the Anhembi Sambadrome, in the north area, where the samba schools parade is performed during Carnival. In Rio de Janeiro, the fame of the Copacabana beach prevailed, a place already accustomed to big events such as New Year's Eve party.
In addition to viewing the World Cup games for free, the fan fests will also have musical concerts and other cultural shows.