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Cardeal Arcoverde Station was the nearest station to the fan fest and the beach was three blocks away.
Although it was winter, it was warm enough to hit the beach.
We would need to pass through the security to get inside the Fan Fest area and fortunately for us, the crowd wasn’t so bad on that day.
Other than catching the match, there were many pavilions set up by sponsors to provide freebies and entertainment for the fans.
We caught the end of the exciting match between France and Switzerland before going around to check out more pavilions.
We would revisit the fan fest again on our final night in Rio with our Airbnb host. It was much more crowded and I was glad that we had checked out the pavilions already. Portugal and USA played out an exciting 2-2 draw, ensuring qualification for the unfancied Americans.
Ying and I thoroughly enjoyed our experiences at the FIFA Fan Fest. While the criticism of it being overly commercialised was pretty valid, the atmosphere was still pretty awesome. It’s definitely something to be experienced first hand and it was the next-best alternative to catching a live match at the stadium.