The wait is over, let the drama begin! Today marks the kick off to the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil. Fans packed into the Corinthians stadium in Sao Paulo to witness a spectacular opening ceremony, ahead of the World Cup’s opening game between the host nation and Croatia.
Watch the opening ceremony:
The opening ceremony began with a “journey” into the Amazon rainforest with walking trees and dancing flowers. Brazil’s diversity was also embraced, showcasing facets of its culture and traditions celebrated with maracas and dancing. The ceremony cost $9 million and included Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo), rapper Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte performing a rendition of the official World Cup song “We Are One.”
It’s estimated that the staging of the tournament and building of crucial infrastructure cost $11 billion! The first of 64 games in the month long tournament begins at 2000GMT today and ends in Rio de Janeiro for the finals on Sunday, July 13. More information on the World Cup
Since 2010, Earth Networks – WeatherBug has been engaged in a public-private partnership with Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), the National Institute for Space Research, in Brazil. With partner Simtech, Earth Networks – WeatherBug and INPE have deployed a dense network of total lightning sensors throughout Brazil — the Brazilian Total Lightning Network (BrasilDAT).
We expect the Brazilian authorities to use our technology to Know Before™ and keep Brazilians and visitors safer from severe weather during the World Cup!
Stay Safe. Know Before™.
-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team