- Location: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Capacity: 78,000
- Opened: June 16 1950
- Reopened: April 27 2013
- New or upgrade: Upgrade
- Status: Ready
- Full name: Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
- Home ground of: Flamengo and Fluminense
- Interesting fact: 2nd time Maracanã will host a World Cup Final
Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, the undisputed largest iconic stadium of Brazil and South America will experience its 2nd World Cup. Estádio do Maracanã has been opened in 1950 and has hosted the legendary 1950 World Cup Final between Brazil and Uruguay. It will be the 2nd time a stadium will be used again for a World Cup Final; the first stadium to have hosted 2 World Cup Finals, was the Azteca Stadium in Mexico. In the 50s, Maracanã was considered the largest stadium in the world with a capacity of almost 200,000 people attending the Final! The stadium however was only officially finished in the year 1965.
The Estádio do Maracanã is one of Rio’s most famous attractions, visited by many football fans around the world. Its official name comes from the journalist Mario Filho who used his influence to start a campaign regarding a stadium construction in the Maracanã area. The word Maracanã comes from the name of the area, which again is derived from the river Maracanã.
Together with the Nacional Mané Garrincha, Estádio do Maracanã will host the most 2014 World Cup matches: 7 times including the Final.
Estádio do Maracanã has hosted 3 matches including the Final during the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil and will host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The Estádio do Maracanã has been renovated multiple times, in the year 2000 (after its 50th anniversary), in 2006 and in 2013 for the 2014 World Cup. On the 27th of April 2013, the first match was played since the renovations were completed. This was a test match with teams led by the legendary Brazilian players Ronaldo and Bebeto.
Currently, the capacity is less than in 1950, with a capacity of around 78,000 for the 2014 World Cup. The stadium is completely refurbished with respect to the original layout. If you look at the difference between the 50s Maracanã and the current Estádio do Maracanã, you see obvious differences, but the original form never changed. Aside from a new roof which has been installed together with a rainwater collection system, all seats have been replaced by 4 types of seats and a new ring of seats has been installed which ensures improved visibility. The facade has been left intact since it has been listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage.
The Estádio do Maracanã complies with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certificate requirements, which is granted if the construction has dealt sufficiently with sustainability, energy and environmental issues.
Matches To Be Played: 7
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Maracanã in Action
The Brazilian Federal Government is responsible for the following interesting video and infographic with more details about the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, check them out! The video however is in Portuguese.
2014 World Cup: Estádio do Maracanã