World Cup - Local fury over FIFA's £18m draw
The 100-minute show cost Brazilians £180,000 a minute - or £3,000 a second - after FIFA chiefs insisted that Cup organisers erect a custom-built auditorium especially for the event.
FIFA insisted that it could not find a suitable existing venue in Rio De Janeiro, an enormous city that boasts nearly seven million people in the city centre alone.
Football's world governing body also demanded that nearby Santos Dumont airport was shut for the duration of the ceremony, partly for security purposes and partly to avoid interference for TV viewers.
A two-metre-high security barrier policed by armed guards was also erected, though in the end it had to be taken down before the draw began as high winds buffeted the area and threatened to wreck the marquee at Marina da Gloria.
Some 2,000 football bigwigs from around the world were invited to the draw, but no spectators were allowed - prompting hundreds of angry protestors to gather around the marquee waving placards criticising both the event itself and 2014 World Cup chief Ricardo Teixeira.
Teixeira has endured a controversial few days after getting involved in spats with British journalists asking probing questions about the FIFA cash-for-votes scandal, and being heavily criticised by local media for refusing to invite Pele to the draw.
The snub backfired for him: the legendary striker was present anyway following his appointment by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as a special World Cup ambassador - and Pele ended up sitting next to Teixeira throughout the event.