As well as other big world cities with a strong soccer tradition, São Paulo has a handful of unmissable visits for the footie fan.
One of the most important of such points is the estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo, aka estádio do Morumbi, owned by São Paulo FC. It is the largest stadium in town, currently seating up to 72,000 spectators (in 1977 a mind-blowing amount of 146,082 spectators gathered at the stadium to watch a state championship final). As well as the home owners, other São Paulo teams use the Morumbi stadium ocassionally (the local derby Palmeiras – Corinthians is almost certain to take place at the Morumbi stadium for security reasons). The stadium is also the venue for international rock concerts.
Inside the stadium you can visit the Memorial do São Paulo, a small museum where the home team proudly displays its trophies and other memorabilia.
Many players that became famous playing in Europe defended first the São Paulo FC colours. You will recognize them in the photos and displays at the museum.
Inside the Morumbi stadium (access through a different door) you will also find the Santo Paulo Bar. From its tables you can have a snack and a beer while contemplating a view of the stadium in all its glory.
Memorial: open from Monday to Friday from 9 till 16:30 and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 12 to 16:30. Closed on match days. Access through gate 17. Entrance is free. More info at São Paulo FC.
Santo Paulo Bar: from Wednesday till Sunday, from midday till late night. Entrance is free when there is no match at the stadium. On match days you need to buy a special package. More info at Santo Paulo Bar.
Category: Destination: São Paulo