Vasco fans had a big party on their return to São Januário. After 91 days without games with an audience at the stadium, amid bans and punishment from the STJD, the Vasco fans returned to Colina to play against Coritiba, this Wednesday, in the 24th round of the Brazilian Championship. And the fans created a 3D mosaic that caught attention as the team entered the field.
The mosaic was organized by Coletivo 98 and had the image of a fan and houses representing Barreira do Vasco, with the word “we resist”. The Vasco player was still wearing the Camisas Negras uniform, which turned 100 years old in 2023 and was the inspiration for the third shirt launched last week.
In addition to the 3D image, the mosaic also had two crosses of Christ on the sides. In the stands, fans created a sea of white balloons, which were distributed at the entrance gates of São Januário before the game.
Vasco fans filled São Januário. Around 21,000 tickets were sold in just four hours last Monday, when ticket sales opened.
The game against Coritiba marks the fans’ reunion with Vasco in São Januário. The last game with an audience at the stadium had taken place at the end of June, against Goiás, for the Brazilian Championship. The confusion that occurred after the defeat to Esmeraldino led to punishments from the STJD and the Court of Justice.
Vasco was punished by the STJd with four games without an audience. Furthermore, the Court of Justice initially closed the stadium for sporting events. Then, Colina was released, but for games without an audience. The club only managed to release fans last week after signing a Conduct Adjustment Term (TAC) with the Public Ministry. In the agreement, the club committed to taking a series of measures to improve the security and logistics of the operation of games in São Januário.