Sports and environment

IVIG started working with in the end of 2010 with THE project IVIG – Rio 2016, developed together with the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) to meet the demands of the International Olympic Committee. The work was developed with the sustainability management of Rio 2016 with the purpose of elaborating a series of indicators to measure the development of the Rio 2016 project in the environmental area, focusing on “green” and sustainable actions. The ME Estádios project is currently under development in partnership with the Ministry of Sports.


Executive Report – Sustainability Department – Volume 1: IVIG participated in this report for the Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games - Rio 2016 about environmental indicators for the 2016 Olympics. Acess.

ME Stadiums Project

In the middle 2012, IVIG was invited by the Ministry of Sports (MS) to start a project aimed at standardizing and enhancing the methodology of reports related to the engineering, hygiene, safety, accessibility and comfort of 155 stadiums, of a total of 700 currently open in Brazil. The Stadiums Project provided an analysis of these stadiums together with 12 World Cup Arenas, in 129 different cities across the country, allowing for the creation of the Brazilian Stadium Ranking System (Sisbrace). Developed together with the Ministry of Sport, Sisbrace is an unprecedented initiative in Brazil with the purpose of enhancing the conditions of stadium facilities and ensuring safety and comfort for fans.

During three, IVIG researches carried out fieldwork to develop the methodology of the ranking system. The rating draws from a similar system for hotels, but uses balls instead of stars. The ranks range from five balls, for stadiums with the best ranking, to one ball, for stadiums with the worst raking considering the analyzed aspects.

The Ranking System

The ranking methodology is based on the Fan Protection Charter (Estatuto de Defesa do Torcedor), on the provisions of its article 23 (Decree 6,795, from March 13 2009), dealing with safety conditions for sports stadiums.

The rating criteria were divided into Required (R) criteria – referring to statutory criteria - and Optional (O), for those that add to a stadium’s quality. The ratings are valid for three years, and the managers of stadiums may request a new review before the end of this period, when they think a new review is needed owing to improvements and adaptations carried out within the stadium.

“However, it is worth highlighting that the current ranking will be assessed periodically. In other words, stadiums which were assigned five balls need to maintain their standards. And stadiums which were assigned less than five need enhancements, and for that they need investments and a better organization”, said the Minister of Sport.

Sisbrace considers the stadium a space for cultural manifestations and leisure, and it will be an important instrument for the identification of non-conformities. Based on the verification of statutory guidelines and technical regulations, the ranking criteria are adapted to legal requirements and to previously stablished requisites, always with the purpose of ensuring the well-being of the fans.

Ranking Aspects


Safety focused on engineering aspects, including the structural system, roofing, toilet and electrical capabilities, equipment and machines in general, in addition to public safety and prevention of fire and panic.

Comfort and Accessibility

In accordance with the the Fan Protection Charter, the aspect Comfort focused on thermal, acoustic, lighting and services, infrastructure and visual comfort. Accessibility, in its turn, focused on spatial layout, communications, circulation and use of space and access by the disabled, handicapped, obese and the elderly. These are all the items related to the internal and external circulation of the fans, parking lot access, accessible routes, permanence areas, sanitation facilities and accessibility conditions of the field.

Health Surveillance

Health surveillance items that were analyzed included food services, toilet capabilities and health facilities, in accordance with the health regulations currently in force in Brazil.