Maracanã Stadium

Visit one of the most renowned football stadiums in the world

Maracanã Stadium with mountains in the background
Maracanã Stadium with mountains in the background cc licensed photo by Mark Hillary

There is nothing which unites the Latin races quite like their love of football and to get a true feel of a Latino country you need to watch a football match or tour a famous football stadium and Maracana Stadium is indeed famous.

Football is more than just a sport and a national pass time, it is a passion, some may even call it a religion, and nowhere else do they celebrate football like in Brazil. When going to a football match in Brazil you can expects to listen to a crowd of people alive with the sounds of drums, singing and chanting. The Maracana Stadium has held the largest number of spectators for any World Cup Football Final match with 199,854 spectators.

This stadium was built back in 1950 and was the stadium used to host the opening of the 1950 World Cup. The official name of the stadium is the Mário Filho Stadium but more commonly used is the name Maracanã Stadium, a nick name given because of the Maracanã river that runs alongside the stadium.

The stadium hosted the opening and final game of the 2014 World Cup. Although it was once the biggest stadium in the world with a capacity close to 200,000 spectators, after being renovated for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the stadium is now a more comfortable, 79,000 all seated, venue.

You can enjoy a guided tour and also visit the museum at the stadium. The sports museum is filled with Brazilian football memorabilia such as Pele's famous No. 10 jersey, photographs, trophies, cups and so forth. A tour through the museum, although a very different experience compared to watching a live game, offers you the chance to take in the history of football at a more relaxed pace. If you can watch a match there and visit the museum you will be getting the complete experience.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes for both tours and events. Fees vary by event. Visit the official website above for event calendar.

Address: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-130, Brazil

Phone: 0800 062 7222

Official Website: Maracanã Stadium

Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Line 2 - GreenMaracanã Station (UERJ ramp and A,B,C gates)5
Line 2 GreenSão Cristóvão Station (Bellini ramp and D,E, F gates)12

How to get to Maracanã Stadium by Metro

For gates A,B or C exit the metro at Maracanã Station and follow the pedestrian overpass and ramp straight to the stadium.

For gates D,E or F exit the metro at São Cristóvão Station, cross the road to your south via the pedestrian overpass, double back west at the bottom of the ramp and continue west on the sidewalk bordering the main road (Av. Presidente Castelo Branco) continuing on Av. Maracanã as it curves left along the side of the vehicle overpass. When you reach the crosswalk just past the overpass cross over and continue south to the stadium entrance ramp.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5

4 Star Rating After the last reform, it's become a lot more comfortable. Security during concerts and matches is heavily enhanced. Accessibility was improved to the point where seeing attendees in wheelchairs being comfortably treated became common place. Most lines have disappeared now that all sectors support e-ticket (a ticket you buy online and download to your phone, I highly recommend over physical tickets), but not all teams offer them yet. While most security staff won't be able to speak English, the entire place has been adequately "subtitled", so you won't have to. Main drawbacks remain being parking - the stadium is easily accessible via public transportation, which you should prefer -, food/drink prices, and lack of coverage against the rain.

Ramon Melo - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Very good stadium, hosted one of the biggest games I have ever been to, Colombia Vs. Uruguay round of 16 for the 2014 World Cup, James Rodríguez scored the most important Goal in Colombian history.

Said Issa - 27 days ago

5 Star Rating The atmosphere is incredible. Well organised, feels safe and facilities good.

Ian Crompton - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating This stadium is full of history and Brazilians have really strong feelings for it. As an architectonic work is not so majestic, it is seriously all about the atmosphere and the history. If you love soccer this place is a must in Rio de Janeiro, totally worth the visit.

Oscar Bernal - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating A must know for football lovers. A little expensive entrance, but if you really love football you must pay it.

Julián Gómez - 1 month ago

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Video about the history Maracanã Stadium and upgrades for its role in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics

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