Packers Fans Should Feel Safe In São Paulo

This article emphasizes that São Paulo, despite facing social inequality and crime like any major city, is prepared to host the NFL's first-ever regular season game in South America. 

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding how safe São Paulo actually is. In today's article, I'm here to be straightforward and tell Packers fans why the team will be okay in Brazil. 

Packers running back Josh Jacobs recently appeared on Chris Long's podcast, where they discussed the upcoming Packers vs. Eagles matchup in São Paulo. During the conversation, Jacobs mentioned that they were advised not to wear green. He speculated whether it had something to do with gangs, although that’s not true, and I will explain that shortly. He also mentioned that there's a chance the team will not be allowed to leave their facilities once they arrive in São Paulo. Furthermore, he added, 'The league is probably going to have armored vehicles following us.'"

The issue surrounding the color green arises from a local soccer rivalry. Corinthians, the team that plays at the stadium where the game will be held,shares a heated rivalry with Palmeiras, whose team sports the color green. During the announcement, a Corinthians representative humorously suggested that the teams should avoid wearing green. Yet, it's commonly accepted that, given the uniqueness of this occasion, Corinthians and their supporters will extend equal respect to the visiting teams and its supporters. For example, Nigeria played at Corinthians Arena back in 2016 with an all green uniform during the Olympics.

São Paulo stands as a sprawling urban center, among the world's largest. Like many metropolises, it grapples with social inequality and crime. Visitors should be cognizant of this, much like individuals from smaller towns or cities across the globe would need to be extra cautious when navigating a bustling metropolis. While wearing green won't draw undue attention, the inherent risks of urban environments, such as potential mugging, necessitate vigilance.

For affluent football players, it's important to take extra precautions. Encouraging players to be cautious and utilize authorized transportation is reasonable. However, advising against wearing green is uncalled for, and the allusions to gangs only reinforce stereotypes and foster bias. 

Brazil is no stranger to hosting world-renowned sporting events and boasts the infrastructure necessary to accommodate visitors from around the globe. The country successfully hosted the Pan American Games in 2007, the Men's FIFA World Cup in 2014, and the Olympics in 2016. Furthermore, it is slated to host the Women's FIFA World Cup in 2027. São Paulo, the most populous city in Brazil, offers all essential services, including law enforcement, hospitals, and transportation, operating around the clock. This won't be the city's first time handling such large-scale events.

A public security survey using data from the Ministry of Health, the Mortality Monitoring Panel of the Department of Health Surveillance and Environment (SVSA), and the 2022 Census from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, classified São Paulo as the second safest state in Brazil. Moreover, the state of São Paulo has 19 of the 50 safest cities in the country, according to a research conducted by a Brazilian company named Urban Systems. Additionally, in 2023, São Paulo recorded the lowest number of homicides in 23 years.

Furthermore, other American sports leagues have already held games in Brazil. For instance, the NBA has played games in Rio de Janeiro, a city known for its higher rates of violence compared to São Paulo, and all events proceeded smoothly. 

If you're a Packers fan traveling from abroad to watch Green Bay kick off their season in São Paulo, you can never be too careful regarding your own safety. However, you should feel comfortable wearing green and exploring downtown without any major concerns. Just remember to be vigilant and ask for directions whenever you feel lost. Additionally, fans traveling from the United States can seek assistance from the Consulate General of the USA, located in São Paulo at 500 Henri Dunant Street, Santo Amaro, São Paulo - SP, Postal Code: 04709-110.

 

I am a Brazilian Packers writer covering the #GoPackGo for CheeseheadTV, Zone Coverage, and Packers Talk. Additionally, I contribute to Cheeseheads Brazil.

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dblbogey's picture

June 06, 2024 at 10:24 pm

"despite facing social inequality" . What's this woke crap doing here?

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PackerAaron's picture

June 07, 2024 at 11:22 am

God forbid you get informed. Stay ignorant.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

June 07, 2024 at 04:15 pm

Good on ya mate!

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SicSemperTyrannis's picture

June 07, 2024 at 12:55 pm

At least he used the word equality, instead of the newfangled "equity" (which has a very different meaning)

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egbertsouse's picture

June 07, 2024 at 06:28 pm

Yes, I have 80% equality in my home.

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egbertsouse's picture

June 07, 2024 at 06:26 pm

I guess woke means truth.

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dblbogey's picture

June 06, 2024 at 10:26 pm

" However, you should feel comfortable wearing green and exploring downtown without any major concerns." Actually, they are telling fans not to wear green as it may be confused for gang colors.

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PackerAaron's picture

June 07, 2024 at 11:20 am

Sad that you can't read.

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GB@Germany's picture

June 07, 2024 at 12:36 am

I‘d been to Sao Paulo a couple of times and it was great. So what is important is to avoid some bad areas, especially after dark, only use authorized taxis and better move in groups when walking around.
In doubt, ask the hotel concierge for guidance. There is a pretty high level of petty criminality and I had even Brazilian colleagues robbed in daylight. So no heroics, have some cash on you and keep your cool.
Enjoy the Caipirinhas, and let‘s boil these Philly Chickens.
GPG

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T7Steve's picture

June 07, 2024 at 07:27 am

" in 2023, São Paulo recorded the lowest number of homicides in 23 years." This is not surprising considering most of the worst criminals have been encouraged to "migrate" to the U.S. Brazil is probably safer than a trip to our border right now. Unless you're a bigwig in the cartel or the Democrat party.

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Packers0808's picture

June 07, 2024 at 02:42 pm

So Trump is Brazlian? Who knew I thought he was German Nazi like his old man.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

June 07, 2024 at 04:17 pm

Nice to point out the true criminals, man! Petty crime is one thing . . .

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Keefer147's picture

June 07, 2024 at 07:37 am

Thanks for your balanced and informative post Felipe. Ignore the political comments. I'm sure Sao Paulo is as safe as any American large city or, put another way, as dangerous as most large American cities. Just be smart and you'll be fine. And thanks for explaining the "wearing green" comment...that makes a lot of sense in the context of fervent soccer rivalries...something most Americans never experience.

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BA4Pack's picture

June 07, 2024 at 08:25 am

I carry a decoy expired credit card and a couple of 20’s in a fake wallet just in case I have to hand something over.

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June 07, 2024 at 08:34 am

Brazil has the 7th highest crime rate globally. For comparison, the US is not in the top 50. The homicide rate is 6 X higher than the US. Brazil has the 2nd highest crime rate in SA and 4th highest in the Western Hemisphere. I have travelled for work in Brazil especially Sao Paulo. My Brazilian associates would never let me travel alone in Sao Paulo. Few people except the highly educated speak English. Brazil is in it's second year of leftist socialist Lula da Silva Presidency. Anyone travelling to the game, keep your radar up and travel in groups. Travelling alone in Sao Paulo, you will be easy target.

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ottscay's picture

June 07, 2024 at 11:07 am

I've spent more time in Rio than Sao Paulo, but I never had a local guide, travelled alone or at most as a pair, and never felt in danger in either place.

Comparing "national crime rates in Brazil" to other countries doesn't tell you much about Sao Paulo, which has one of the lower murder rates in Brazil (less than 9 per 100,000 in 2022), which is significantly lower than the murder rate in Philly of 32 per 100,000 people.

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LLCHESTY's picture

June 07, 2024 at 12:38 pm

So not in the top 50 in crime rate but have more people locked up per capita than any other country in the world. Seems fair. Maybe more corporate prisons are the answer.

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BAMABADGER's picture

June 07, 2024 at 09:32 pm

Yes lots of beautiful prisons.

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LeotisHarris's picture

June 07, 2024 at 08:40 am

::peeks in::

::closes door::

What a beautiful Friday it is!

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 07, 2024 at 08:52 am

mama says stupid is as stupid does, and yet, I do despair.

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colin012's picture

June 07, 2024 at 10:37 am

right there with you!

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Lphill's picture

June 07, 2024 at 10:37 am

the last 6 months of 2023 there were 19,700 murders in Brazil, sounds safe to me.

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ottscay's picture

June 07, 2024 at 11:00 am

It makes me sad you even need to write this. Sao Paulo has a significantly lower murder rate than Philadelphia, so Eagles fans should feel safer while they are there.

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HarryHodag's picture

June 07, 2024 at 11:46 am

Instead of spending thousands of dollars, I'm going to spend $6, get the subscription to Peacock and enjoy it from the comfort of my home. Like the Super Bowl which is enjoyed in person by millionaires and friends, international games are for people with means and those silly enough to think that type of travel is worth it.

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Packers0808's picture

June 07, 2024 at 02:45 pm

Yup same here! How simple is that to do, huh?

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 07, 2024 at 04:38 pm

Or, you could spend the thousands of dollars and have a once in a lifetime experience in a new country, doing both the familiar and the unfamiliar, meeting new people, learning about and experiencing a new culture, eating new foods, all while supporting the team that you love.

Not everyone can afford that experience, but it's a hell of a draw, and it will be the first time ever in South America, and believe it or not, Brazil is a modern country. Loosen up your hips, everybody samba.

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Leatherhead's picture

June 07, 2024 at 06:34 pm

I've never regretted a nickel that I spent on travel. There's a bunch of things that you just aren't going to experience on the couch.

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Bitternotsour's picture

June 07, 2024 at 06:41 pm

But Leatherhead, different is scary

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June 07, 2024 at 09:39 pm

So true Leather head. Never have I thought “ boy I wish I had traveled less “ 🙂

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