Where to stay, what to do and see whilst you take in Ghana’s Group games
The World cup is an event that brings a whole nation together, turns conflicts into peaceful reconciliation, and transforms non-football fans into mega fans the next day. FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil is approaching, it will start on the 12th June and ends on the 13th July. It’s an event I believe all Ghanaians are strongly anticipating. This article is as a ‘guide’ for those planning to travel to support the Black Stars as they play against their Group G opponents. For those of you who will be experiencing the matches through your TV screens, this will give you an insight into the cities stars such as Asamoah Gyan & Michael Essien will be playing in.
Ghana play their first match on the 16th of June in the city of Natal, Rio Grante De Norte against the USA. The match will take place in ‘Arena Das Dunas’ a newly renovated stadium. Midway Mall, the largest shopping centre in the state, with 300 shops and many restaurants is 20 minutes away from the stadium. Transportation is not a problem as you will find buses near the malls. The city is known for its beaches, such as Ponta Negra beach. Hotels near the stadium are Monzo Palace Hotel-http://www.monzapalace.com.br/home_eng.html whose rates start from £33 per night and Hotel Maine from £37 per night. Via Costeira is one of the city’s avenues, there you will find gorgeous hotels, at much higher prices. Natal is the closest regional capital city to Africa in Brazil, in Natal you are nearer to Ghana than you will be in any other Brazilian city.
The Black stars’ s second match against Germany on the 21st of June will be held in Fortaleza. The match will take place in Estadio Castelão , Fortaleza, a host city for the Round of 16 and quarter finals also. There are buses that depart from the seaside promenade at Avenida Beira Mar which stop within a mile of the stadium but you will need to walk some kilometres to get there. The city is known for its many beaches, restaurants, handicraft markets. Hotels within 25 minutes from the stadium are Magna Pria Hotel-http://www.magna.com.br/en/ at a cost of between £42 -£52 per night. Comfort Hotel Fortaleza–http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-fortaleza-brazil-BR010 at £50 per night, with free breakfast included; Hotel Recanto Wirapuru –http://www.hotelrecantowirapuru.com.br/, from £55 per night, and Golden Beach Hotel is £46 per night. Estadio Castelão was the first stadium to be confirmed ready for the 2014 World cup.
On the 26th June, the Black Stars will face Portugal in their last group game before they hopefully qualify for the second round. The match will take place in Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincho in Brasilia. Its a large venue that will also hold the quarter and semi finals. Some of the hotels near the stadium are Manhattan Plaza – http://www.kubitschek.com.br/english , £47 per night (they do not accepts cheques) and Mercure Brasilia Eixo at £46 per night. Brasilia has many tourist attractions such as Brasilia National Park and National Congress Centre. Patio Brazil Mall, one of the finest shopping centres in the capital is 10 minutes away from the stadium.
To apply for World Cup tickets you should visit the official FIFA website – http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/ticket-information/application-process/index.html
Myriam Osei @AngelPeacejoy