Fifa announce Brazil World Cup 'Fan Fest' locations
Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 07:58am
Fifa and the 2014 Brazil World Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced the location of 12 football 'Fan Fest' sites where fans without tickets can gather to enjoy what is set to be the biggest party of the year.
The creation of the Fan Fests ensures that the excitement of the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years won't just be confined to the stadia.
The Fan Fests will be held in iconic locations in each of the 12 host cities.
"The FIFA Fan Fest symbolises the most exciting part of football and the FIFA World Cup: thousands of fans gathered to watch a match together and celebrate," said Ronaldo, member of the Local Organising Committee Management Board.
"The FIFA Fan Fest brings together people from all social backgrounds. As Brazilians, we have always had the custom of cheering for our national team in large popular festivals all over the country. Therefore I'm sure that this will be the best FIFA Fan Fest of all time."
Fifa's marketing director Thierry Weil echoed Ronaldo's sentiment: "The FIFA Fan Fest provides FIFA and the LOC with a platform to strengthen the fan experience of the FIFA World Cup, taking the event to millions of fans outside of the stadiums," he said.
"We're delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the Host Cities so far and look forward to implementing this spectacular event together in 2014."
Fifa officially implemented the Fan Fest concept for the 2006 World Cup in Germany after the overwhelming success of unofficial sites at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
The concept was so successful, that they continued it in South Africa where the locations weren't just confined to host cities; six international venues also hosted events.
Over the 31 days of action in South Africa, the Fan Fests hosted a total of six million people.
The locations of the FIFA Fan Fest in the twelve 2014 Host Cities are as follows:
1. Belo Horizonte - Praca da Estacaoo;
2. Braslia - Esplanada dos Ministerios;
3. Cuiaba - Parque de Exposicoes;
4. Curitiba - Parque Barigui;
5. Fortaleza - Praia de Iracema (Aterrao);
6. Manaus - Memorial Encontro das Aguas;
7. Natal - Praia do Forte;
8. Porto Alegre - Praa Glenio Perez;
9. Recife - Marco Zero;
10. Rio de Janeiro - Praia de Copacabana;
11. Salvador - Jardim de Alah;
12. Sao Paulo - Vale do Anhagabau;