Maracana Stadium
Rio de Janeiro • Brazil

From: Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

See also: Rio de Janeiro BeachesImperial PalaceChrist Redeemer Statue

Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Maracana Stadium was originally called Estadio Municipal and later Estadio Mario Filho, but is now called Maracana after the small river which runs close by. Maracana is one of the most well known stadiums in the world and is located not far from Rio de Janeiro's city centre.

The stadium which is circular in design was built in 1950 to hold the World Cup final which at the time had a staggering attendance of around 200,000 spectators in attendance. The stadium now has an all seated capacity, with cafes and shops also available and offers locals and visitors the chance to watch lively and passionate games of soccer in a world famous setting.

Other notable events to take place at Maracana stadium include the World Cup Final in 2000, the Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies in 2007 and Brazil will play host to the Olympic Games in 2016 where it will host the opening and closing ceremonies.

As well as sporting events there have been numerous music concerts with artists such as Madonna, Sting, The Rolling Stones, The Police, Tina Turner and Paul McCartney all playing at the venue.

Attraction Location Guide
Maracana stadium is around 5 miles by car from the Airport and around 7 miles from Flamengo.