As well as allowing the stadium to fine-tune its operations and the teams to continue their World Cup preparations, Thursday’s event also had a charitable component. Each ticket could be exchanged for a kilo of food for the benefit of the Goias Volunteer Organisation, which works with the Goias Government State to provide social assistance.
The same ticket-exchange scheme will be in place this Saturday 17 August, when the two teams play a second friendly, this time at the Estadio Olimpico, where the city’s opening U-17 World Cup fixture will be played on 26 October.
Between them, the two stadiums will stage a total of 18 World Cup matches, including four last-16 fixtures and two quarter-finals.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 will be played in Goiania, Brasilia (Gama) and Vitoria (Cariacica) between 26 October and 17 November.