Olympic Stadium (Estádio Nilton Santos)

Estádio Nilton Santos, home to the Botafogo Football team hosted many athletic events during the 2016 Summer Olympics

Aerial view of Olympic Stadium in Rio
Aerial view of Olympic Stadium in Rio cc licensed photo by Jorge in Brazil

The Estádio Nilton Santos is commonly known by a couple of other names including Engenho (after the surrounding neighbourhood), Estádio Olímpico João Havelange or simply Estádio Olímpico meaning Olympic Stadium. Home to the Botafogo Football team and hosts a variety of other sporting events and concerts.

The stadium, which was first built for the Pan American Summer Games in 2007, has recently benefited from many upgrades, especially to the roof, to prepare it for the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. It can now accommodate up to 60,000 spectators.

Rio's Olympic Stadium lays claim to being the most modern stadium in Latin America and is indeed modern by global standards as well. In past years the stadium has been home to concerts by some big names including Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber. The Stadium can support a variety of athletic events and besides the soccer field it includes a full athletics track, pole vaulting, triple jump and high jump facilities.

The stadium is easy to get to via the SuperVia train which you can catch at Central Station. Click on the Map and Directions tab above for more information on how to get there.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, Varies by event.

Address: 'José dos Reis, #425, Botafogo


Metro and SuperVia Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 1 or 2 + SuperViaEngenho de Dentro Station1 Minute

How to get to Olympic Stadium (Estádio Nilton Santos) by Metro and SuperVia

Unlike the majority of our attractions in Rio, a visit to the Olympic Stadium will require use of a SuperVia Train in addition to the Metro, however it is conveniently located right beside Engenho de Dentro Station. To get there you can take the Metro to Central Station and transfer a SuperVia train destined for destined for Deodoro, Santa Cruz or Japeri. Information about the SuperVia trains and fares can be found here.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Estádio Nilton Santos Star Rating

4 Star Rating Very decent place

Solomon Solomon - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Is a "must" when you visit Rio. I watched the game Botafogo vs Vasco da Gama. So exciting! I loved the architecture as well!

Carlos Casares - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Very good place to bring your family. Enjoy the game.

Ivan Magalhães - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating Estadio Nitol Santos or the Estadio Olympico Nitol Santos is a multipurpose Stadium locaded in the neighborhood of Engneho de Dentro in the City Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Construction begun in 2003 and finished in 2007 with total seating capacity is 46,931 however for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games capacity has been increased to 60,000. Botafogo is the current operator or user of the stadium. One of the best stadiums in Rio.

Alawol Ahamed - 7 months ago

5 Star Rating The stadium remains owned by the City of Rio de Janeiro, but it has been rented to Botafogo until at least 2027 (20 years).[19] The Engenhão was the main venue for top-football competitions in Rio de Janeiro while the Maracanã Stadium was being renovated in preparation for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Flamengo and Fluminense played their home matches at the Engenhão from the 2010–11 through 2012–13 seasons. The stadium was closed indefinitely in March 2013 after it was found the structural integrity of the roof was not up to standard, and could potentially place spectators at risk.[23] It was announced on 8 June 2013, that the stadium will need a minimum of 18 months of reconstruction work and remain closed until 2015 while the repairs are carried out to the roof.

yehia mahmud - 8 months ago


An update on the renovations being made to the Olympic Stadium (Estádio Nilton Santos) and the surrounding neighbourhood for Rio 2016

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