The Maracana Soccer Stadium, “Estadio do Maracana”, is an open-air stadium located in Rio de Janeiro. It was built in 1948 after the announcement that FIFA World Cup’s fourth edition of 1950 was going to be held in Brazil. Even though it’s worldwide recognized as Estádio do Maracanã, its current name is Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, in honor to a well-known brazilian journalist, Mário Filho, who played an important role in the decision of its construction, and died in 1966, a few years after the stadium had opened.
Seven architects were involved in the construction process of Maracana Stadium that took 17 years to be completely finished. Its original capacity had to be drastically reduced -from 200.000 to 88.992 seats- after the collapse of an upper stand, converting the Maracana into an all-seated stadium. However, it still remains as the largest football stadium in South America. In fact, apart from the pitch itself, the stadium includes a gymnasium known as “The Maracanazinho” usually used for international competitions.
On June 24th of 1950 the World Cup began, and the Maracana Stadium was home of the first match where Brazil defeated Mexico 4-0. After defeating its eventual opponents, the host team reached the last stage. The final match of the World Cup -played on July 16th- faced Brazil and Uruguay. Given the performance of the Brazilian team all along the tournament its victory was almost certain, however Uruguay beat the host team in a 2-1 final score, reason why that match has been known as the “Maracanazo”. Although records were not so accurate, it was estimated that about 210.000 people attended that final game.
In addition to the local and world football tournaments played at the Maracana Stadium, a wide range of non-football events have taken place, thus many artists had performed, namely: Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Sting and Madonna among others. Check availability, prices and BOOK YOUR TOUR TO MARACANA STADIUM
With regard to future international events, the stadium has been designated to host the Final in the 2014 Football World Cup as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games.
The access to the Maracana Stadium is through Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, gate 16.
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