The time is coming for Vasco fans to finally return to their home in 2023. After a long period without receiving games due to a punishment suffered by the Rio Public Ministry, after the match against Goiás, in the 11th round of the Brazilian Championship, the public will be able to return to the São Januário Stadium this Thursday (21), at 7pm (Brasília time), when the team will face Coritiba, in the 24th round of the competition.
To avoid any inconvenience and guarantee better conditions and comfort for fans, both upon arrival and departure from the stadium, employees and residents of the region, the City of Rio de Janeiro has drawn up an action plan for the surroundings of São Januário, which will involve three main points: urban planning, mobility, and monitoring of the main roads around the departure location.
RIO CITY HALL PREPARES OPERATIONAL PLANNING IN THE SURROUNDINGS OF SÃO JANUÁRIO
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— Rio Operations Center (@OperacoesRio) September 20, 2023
How will operational planning work around São Januário?
Three cameras have been installed around São Januário, and by the end of this week, six more will be installed. This initiative will allow the Rio Operations Center to inspect the location and monitor all movements in the region in real time.
There will be 50 operators working in alternating shifts, on an uninterrupted, daily basis to ensure the safety of the location and also the correct guidance to city hall agents who will work on game days.
Furthermore, the entire perimeter of the Vasco stadium will be closed to facilitate the movement of fans on foot. Road closures around São Januário will take place six hours before the matches, but this number may change depending on the number of tickets sold for the game and the date of the match.
The Rio Public Order Secretariat (Seop) and the state’s Municipal Guard will together provide a team of 103 professionals to work with public order on the departure days in São Januário.
Of this amount, 29 will be focused on traffic operations, while the other 74 will be allocated to urban control. In addition to human resources, eight motorcycles and 14 vehicles will support these agents. The main objective of this organization is to ensure that the streets are free of street vendors and homeless people, guaranteeing the circulation of people who will go to the stadium to watch the match.
Vasco fans praise action plan initiative for the games
On the internet, Vasco fans welcome the initiative by the City of Rio de Janeiro, and all the work and investment on the part of the authorities to ensure that fans have the safety and comfort to follow the games of their favorite team.
Among the most praised points, internet users highlighted the plan to close the perimeter of São Januário to facilitate the movement of people. On other occasions, fans had difficulty getting to the stadium due to the number of vehicles parked in inappropriate locations, which made it difficult for people to move around.
— Juninho (@pimps_junin) September 20, 2023
— @Luciana_CRVG ◤✠◢ (@LucianaCRVG1) September 20, 2023
Not having that parking on the street in front of the social is great. Those cars parked there really hindered people’s movement.
— Meireles ◤✠◢ (@meireless_crvg) September 20, 2023
Vasco promises a full house for this Thursday
In less than four hours, more than 20 thousand tickets were sold for the clash between Vasco and Coritiba. The fans promise to throw a beautiful party, which could culminate in a good start for Gigante da Colina in the fight against relegation.
With 20 points on the Brasileirão leaderboard, the Cruzmaltino team is in 18th place, four points behind Santos, the first team within the Z4, and five behind Goiás, 16th place, and outside the relegation zone.
In the last round, the team led by Argentinean Ramón Díaz won the classic against Fluminense, with a score of 4 x 2, in a game played at the Nílton Santos Stadium, and increased expectations of seeing the club out of the relegation zone.
The game against Coxa is fundamental to Vasco’s plans to avoid relegation, in their year of return to the elite of Brazilian football. In 2022, Vasco competed in Série B, and only gained access in the last round of the competition, when they beat Ituano 1 x 0, in Itu.