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The closing ceremony of the 2014 Football World Cup unfolded at 2:20 pm on 13 July 2014 at the Estádio do Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro. It is the biggest iconic stadium of South America and Brazil and it has stood witness to seven football world cup matches so far. Like the invigorating opening ceremony, the closing ceremony was also filled with exciting performances of Shakira, Wyclef Jean, and Carlos Santana. Also, Brazilian superstar and the Grammy award winner, Ivete Sangalo, sang a fusion of Brazilian songs with Alexander Pires. Finally, the ceremony of the World Cup drew to a close with a captivating rendition of the official anthem: ‘We Will Find A Way’ by Santana, Alexandre Pires, and Wyclef Jean.
The fever of the FIFA World Cup 2014 gripped soccer fans around the globe. The football World Cup brought excitement right from day one and continued till the last day of tournament. The mega event kick started from 12 June 2014 and ended on 13 July 2014 at the home of the most popular team of soccer, Brazil. This is only the second time in history that the South American nation hosted the Soccer World Cup. As per schedule, the program began with a thrilling opening ceremony on 12 June at Itaquera stadium in Pacaembu and concluded with an equally vibrant closing ceremony on 13 July at the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho Stadium, better known as Estadio do Maracana, in Rio de Janeiro city. The Closing Ceremony witnessed some high profile performers from around the globe coupled with thrilling fireworks and much more. The FIFA 2014 closing ceremony (and the opening ceremony) were being choreographed by the Italian choreographer, Franco Dragone, an Italian-Belgian theater director, who is famous for directing many of the artistic productions of the performance group Cirque du Soleil. He has also previously choreographed the opening ceremony for the Eurocopa 2000 in Brussels.
About the venue
The Rio de Janeiro Stadium is among the largest soccer stadiums in the world and was built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The ground once cherished the tag of being the biggest stadium in the world with a full capacity of 199,854 attendees, but the capacity has now been reduced to 78,838 for incorporating more facilities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, it still remains the largest stadium of Brazil. The sports ground is under refurbishment with some part being revamped to give it an ultra modern look.
How to reach the Maracana Stadium ?
Being among the most important and oldest stadiums of Brazil, reaching Maracana is pretty simple compared to other stadiums because of its in-city location. The government bodies are not only revamping the stadium but they are also making transportation a lot easier than before. The international airport, Rio de Janeiro is easily accessible from any part of the world and once you have arrived in the city, you can take the metro route to reach the Maracana stadium from the airport. The metro will leave you near the venue from where it is at a stone’s throw and you can get there by walking. While travelling at night, it is safe to hire a taxi from the Rio airport.
And your entrance to the stadium for the closing ceremony is only possible if you have the tickets. The tickets distribution is divided into three phases. Majority of the tickets will be sold from the official FIFA website, www.fifa.com while some of them from the 12 hosting venues of the South American nation. The application for tickets started from the 20 August and ended on 10 October. After the application process was over, FIFA organized a lottery system from 11 October to 4 November to choose the lucky buyers. Presently, from 5 November a first-come first-serve allotment of tickets is on which will continue till the 28 November.
After the qualification of final 32 teams for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA will begin the second sales phase from 8 December to 30 January, 2014. To choose fortunate buyers, a lottery will commence from 31 January to 25 February. Once the process ends, a first-come first-serve ticket distribution will take place between 26 February and 1 April. After a gap of close to two weeks, the last ticket allotment phase known as Last Minute Sales will start from 15 April and will continue till 13 July. However, the buyers will be selected on a first-come first-serve basis.
Your application might get rejected if you don’t have enough balance in your credit card or bank account so keep them sufficiently funded. In all the phases, the company officials will inform the successful and unsuccessful ticket buyers. The pricing of the tickets is based on the category and the stage of the game. The prices begin from a low costing USD 297 to a more premium USD 2,998. To know more information and to keep updated with the last minute changes in the allotment process, please visit the official website.