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

3 Star Rating It's looking run down after only a few months. There are no tours and you can't see around it. There are a few football matches but not many.

Tim Johnston - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Very good.... My name is : nurchalik yusri I love brasil and i love neymar jr

kiki kiki - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Simply the Temple of Football. Beatiful stadium and events are well organised.

Gilberto De Martin Oliveira - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Wonderful historic stadium to watch football (soccer) and get some idea of how important it is to Brazilians! The crowd can be rowdy but mostly confine themselves to singing songs. The sections are divided so the fans of the two teams are separated. Make sure you buy a ticket to the right section (home team or visiting team) and do not wear clothes with the other team's colors! The roof covers almost all the seats (unless you are right near the field) so it is OK to go on a rainy day. Lots of police around so it is pretty safe, but it is still unwise to openly carry your smart phone or too much cash in your hands.

K Tower - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating A great place to run, cycle and skate! There are always people exercising around the stadium. I've never had any problems there. There are vendors selling water, coconut water, snacks, beer. Well lit in the evening for cooler jogging. You can rent bicycles nearby. Of course very historical place! Many amazing events hosted here at Maracanã! Most recently the Olympics of course!

Loren Gifford - 2 months 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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