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Host cities prepare for the FIFA World Cup™ 2014 in Brazil


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Steer Davies Gleave has helped a number of the host cities with their preparations for the FIFA World Cup™ 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Our Role

We worked on crowd flow analysis and transport planning projects for nine of the twelve proposed stadiums, including projects in Rio, Brasilia, Salvador, Recife, Manaus, Fortaleza and São Paulo. One of our most significant projects was working on the Maracanã Stadium in Rio.

Our clients included local government, major contractors and both local and international architectural teams, and we provided services including crowd-flow analysis, expert advice on transport strategies, on-site vehicle circulation and FIFA overlay requirements and signage and wayfinding strategies.

Maracanã Stadium

Steer Davies Gleave analysed crowd movements within the stadium and advised on the architectural proposals to ensure that the stadium would meet with national and international best practice. The study helped to inform the detailed design of key areas such as the seating bowl, circulation areas and exit routes, and demonstrated how the overall ingress and egress strategy for the stadium should be revised to ensure that the stadium provided a safe and comfortable environment for all users. It also helped to specify the quantity of turnstiles and security screening areas necessary.

We then developed a pedestrian access and movement strategy for the Maracanã stadium and surrounding area. It began with a detailed review of the existing conditions of the surrounding area, such as pedestrian footways, crossings, desire lines, signage, street furniture, lighting, vehicular traffic and parking. Our review also considered the impact of proposed projects for the area.

Once we had identified the key pedestrian routes we developed a pedestrian movement strategy with recommendations for improvements to the public realm, principally along the routes linking the stadium with the key transport hubs in the surrounding area.

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