The sense of expectation is mounting in Belo Horizonte as the city’s preparations to welcome the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ continued when it hosted Wednesday’s 2-2 draw between Brazil and Chile.
The friendly match, staged in front of a crowd of 53,331 at the Estadio Mineirao, was the first to be played by A Seleção at one of the new stadiums that will host matches at the two FIFA tournaments.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee (LOC) was in the capital of Minas Gerais state to carry out a series of operational tests in conjunction with the authorities. Similar tests were held at the derby match between Fortaleza and Ceara at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on 14 April.
In all the LOC conducted 14 tests at the Mineirao in the following areas: cleaning and waste management, spectator services, catering, competitions, IT, protocol, media operations, transport, broadcasting, volunteers, security, accreditation, logistics and medical services. A total of 196 people from Minas Gerais, all of whom have reached the final phase in the volunteer selection process for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, gave their assistance to the LOC teams. The performance and motivations levels of the candidates were assessed as part of the selection process.
LOC CEO Ricardo Trade expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the tests in Belo Horizonte: “We are pleased. Obviously there are some things that need working on, but that’s how it works. These evaluations help us to check that everything is going as planned. That’s also why FIFA requests that stadiums are delivered on time – to guarantee that everything goes smoothly during the competitions.”
Adopting the same guidelines that will be used to attend to reporters at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup, the media operations team oversaw the media facilities, which include the press box, the media and press conference room, the mixed zone and the designated pitchside photography positions.
The LOC conducted its operations in Belo Horizonte before, during and after the Brazil-Chile game, bringing to a close a process that began last weekend.
On Monday the transport (airports), logistics, competitions and communications teams were joined by Chile’s team liaison officer in welcoming the Brazilian and Chilean delegations at the city’s Confins Airport. The LOC team monitored and assisted with the arrival of the Chile team, as well as immigration checks, baggage collection, customs procedures and the transfer of the team to their hotel.
The LOC’s next test event will take place on 28 April at the Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, when Bahia take on local rivals Vitoria in a Bahia state championship match.