Fan Experience

Palmeiras to fit ‘backstage’ video screens for Fortaleza game

Allianz Parque, home of Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football club Palmeiras, will be fitted with large television screens to allow more fans to watch tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) game against Fortaleza.

The screens will be placed on the back of a stage structure which has been installed at the stadium ahead of two Michael Bublé concerts at the weekend. The stage had meant that Allianz Parque would need to operate at reduced capacity for tomorrow’s match, but Palmeiras has announced a work-around to ensure as many fans as possible can attend.

The stage will be located at the Gol Norte end of Allianz Parque and Palmeiras will place one ‘mega’ screen on the back of the structure, along with two other side screens. Fans attending the Fortaleza match in the Gol Norte will therefore not have a view of the pitch but will be able to watch the action on the screens.

The screens will not feature any commentary, allowing fans in the Gol Norte to soak up the atmosphere of the stadium as they would during a normal game.

In April, Palmeiras offered fans a similar experience for the final of the Campeonato Paulista against São Paulo. Allianz Parque had been fitted with a stage in readiness for a Maroon 5 concert two days after the game, so the club added screens to the back of the stage to allow fans to watch the action.

Tomorrow’s match could be a decisive one for Palmeiras, with the team needing a win to secure the league title. Fans will be able to apply for a free ticket to watch the match in the Gol Norte.

In other news, Palmeiras is reportedly exploring plans to introduce facial recognition technology at Allianz Parque.

Globo reports that the club will initially trial the technology at the stadium’s main reception before introducing it at the turnstiles. The move would look to clamp down on ticket exchanges between fans on match days.