Anyone who’s ever been to a WYD Vigil and Final Mass knows that how the site is set up with regards to food and washroom facilities is vital.
WYD Rio organizers promise that pilgrims who attend the Vigil and Final Mass in Campus Fidei, in Guaratiba, will be supported by a system of infrastructure that features 32 service stations spread across 22 seating sections. These stations are a service provided by WYD Rio where food and drink will be sold. Additionally, there will be wash stations, toilets and drinking fountains.
The hope is to avoid the constant movement of pilgrims between sections. Each seating section will be roughly the size of seven soccer fields, each one having one or two service stations, depending on the size of the section. Campus Fidei will also feature 33 LED screens for the audience.
The area of Campus Fidei is 136 square kilometers. There will be 4,673 bathrooms for pilgrims, of which 270 will be adapted for people with disabilities. There will be 615 wash stations, 4,920 drinking fountains, and 2,016 urinals.
12 million liters of water have already been secured for the event. They will be distributed in 177 “bags.” There will also be a waste treatment centre in Campus Fidei, in order to treat the water before it enters the sewage system.
Many pilgrims are concerned about getting into their specific seating section. The organizing committee is promising to monitor this very carefully, although, as always, entrance into a section will be based on arrival. However, every section has many exits allowing for easy access and exiting.
If you’re planning on attending the Vigil and Final Mass and it’s your first time, please note that you should not to bring a tent, only a sleeping bag. The idea is to not block peoples´ vision and to optimize the space available. No rain is expected, although that is in God’s hands!