Rio officials launch World Cup press, business manual
A view from inside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA)
Published Monday, May 5, 2014 7:48AM EDT
(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) - Rio authorities on Friday presented a manual on World Cup logistics and services for the media and businesses during the June 12-July 13 tournament.
The city will host seven matches, including the final, prompting the city hall to issue a detailed guide on how to get around.
"This is not a public document -- more a working document for the press, public officials and firms linked to the World Cup -- but it will also be available in its entirety online," said mayor Eduardo Paes.
Paes revealed that 56 per cent of tickets for matches at the Maracana stadium have been snapped up by fans abroad.
Brazil expects to welcome some 600,000 foreign visitors in all for the event, with the bulk coming through Rio.
The document deals with issues such as transport and security and will be regularly updated.
Match days will be partial or full public holidays in the city to lessen the flow of day-to-day traffic.
June 18 and 25 will be a holiday from midday and the whole day for July 4 -- the remaining games are at weekends.
Special bus lines will be laid on for the period, notably linking central airport Santos Dumont with the western suburb of Barra de Tijuca, facilitating access to the Maracana.
The city hall says it expects 58 per cent of journeys to be made by metro -- there is a station a short walk from the stadium.
Alcohol sales will be banned outside the ground on match days, as will advertisements for non-official sponsors.
Paes said the city was prepared for likely anti-Cup demonstrations with some civilians slamming the more than $11 billion (7.9m euros) cost of the tournament.
"Demonstrating against the World Cup and the government is to express one's opinion and there will be no censorship or restrictions. It is not a problem and we are not ashamed -- this is part of democracy," Paes said.
He added that banning demonstrations would be authoritarian but insisted: "Nobody will accept violence."
Recent months have seen regular marches against the World Cup and, while small in scale, have on occasion ended in violence.