It was promised to be a gala extravaganza to welcome the 20th edition of the FIFA World Cup. For all its glitz and glitterati though, most fans were left agitated at the 'poor' quality of sound systems used by organisers at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.
Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull performing at the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup © AFP
The ceremony - billed at approximately 4.5 Billion Pounds - had pop diva Jennifer Lopez and rapper Pitbull swinging to their FIFA World Cup anthem. It appeared to be an energetic performance but fans in the stadium were left bitterly disappointed by the 'audio experience'. Many took to Twitter later to vent their frustrations.
Looking forward to the interview with whoever was Head of Sound for the World Cup #OpeningCeremony - but only if they've got a mic on it.— Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) June 12, 2014
Fans in the stadium were, however, better off than close to 3.2 billion people watching the ceremony on their TV sets. Volumes were cranked up, speakers were put to their ultimate test and home theaters croaked under the pressure of breathing life into a live event.
The event itself - barring the shoddy stage speakers - was a commendable show. The 30-minute program was choreographed by Brazil's Paulo Barros and it showcased the diversity of the host nation and paid rich tribute to football and fans all over the world.