World Cup 2014 Banned Items: Food, Vuvuzela, Fireworks, Huge Banners Not Allowed in Brazil Stadiums

SAO PAULO—Fans flocking to Brazil for the World Cup will not be allowed to carry fireworks, food, beverages, huge banners and a host of other items into the tournament’s 12 venues.

FIFA has issued a long list of objects in its “Stadium Code of Conduct” that cannot enter the stadiums.

Brazilian fans frequently unfurl gigantic flags of up to 8,000 square meters (86,000 square feet) to cheer on their teams. But during the World Cup, only flags and banners no bigger than three square meters (32 square feet) will be permitted.

Only food and beverages purchased inside the stadiums will be allowed and instruments which produce an excessive volume of noise, such as megaphones, hooters or vuvuzela horns, are forbidden.

The vuvuzela horn was first introduced to the world’s footballing community during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The plastic horn, which is about 2 feet long and produced a loud, monotone note, was the subject of much controversy as it is an unhealthy source of noise pollution.


A US faithful blows a vuvuzela as he waits at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2013 for the official opening of the World Youth Day (WYD) which will be celebrated with a holy mass. (TASSO MARCELO/AFP/Getty Images)