Rain, cold dampen World Cup opening live streams in Brazilian cities

    14 de junio de 2018

    Rio de Janeiro, Jun 14 (efe-epa).- Showers in Rio de Janeiro and an unseasonable cold wave in Sao Paulo dampened celebrations on Thursday as fans in the country's two largest cities watched live streams of the opening of the 2018 World Cup in Russia on giant outdoor screens.

    "The World Cup has started," yelled a woman clad in a Brazilian flag amid the downpour at Rio's central Maua Plaza during the live broadcast from Moscow.

    Arena 1 - a space for "broadcasting and celebrating the (World Cup's) various soccer matches in Rio de Janeiro" - opened to the public with a capacity of 35,000 people, the venue's production coordinator, Fernando Araujo, told EFE.

    The live relay of the opening ceremony was seen by some 150 fans who refused to be deterred by the rain.

    In Vale de Anhangabau - a 23,000-square meter (250,000-square foot) park in downtown Sao Paulo - a giant screen was set up for attendees to watch a relay of the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, followed by renowned "sertanejo" music duo Fernando & Sorocaba.

    Despite the organizers' expectations - who were hoping for some 25,000 people to turn out - the cold weather stopped many from attending the open-air event.