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


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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Maracanã Star Rating

4 Star Rating The guided visit was nice. I’m not a huge fan of soccer so I didn’t have much fun but my partner liked it a lot.

Gilles Gisseleire - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a place I dreamt of visiting when I was 9 years old after watching the Brasil v Italy WC Final in 1970. I fulfilled that dream in 2014 during the WC and visited three times... Absolutely magical I shall die a happy guy

Martin Arnold - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a great location to jog/walk/skate or just even visit as a tourist. The stadium is downright beautiful. Take you time visiting the lockers and display sections. Jerseys of legends are kept on display in the locker areas for visiting. You also get to get on the stadium turf and kick the ball around at the far end and sit in the pavilion. If you like soccer, you will love to visit here. Take your time to soak in all of it. There is parking as well (for free!) about half a km away from the stadium in some of the quieter roads.

VJ - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating The stadium is not well maintained. It has been renovated for the 2014 World Cup and already looks old. It's a shame. The "guided tour" does not worth the 60 BRL asked and can be done in less than 20 min. It's a big deception.

Steven Pires - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very Beautiful Stadium. Loved like anything. Maracana is marvelous on people capacity. 1,78000 watched 1962 finals. Unbelievable. Awesome.

PreetishGautam - 2 months ago


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

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