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
Official Website: Maracanã StadiumFee: 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
Official Website: Maracanã Stadium
Ratedout of 5
Great way to experience Brazilian football and take in the history of Maracana. The museum and tour of the locker room and fields were a lot of fun. Booking tickets was a little bit of a challenge since you needed to pay in cash and have passports for each ticket. The cashiers only spoke Portuguese but there were plenty of friendly fans to help get tickets for that nights game.
Brock Simon - 8 days ago
Due to its history, this stadium is ripe to visit. It's an experience to be there. Not enough has been done for visitors to see like in other world stadiums, bad and little. But the very feeling of being at the Maracana... priceless
Josip - 11 days ago
If you are a soccer fan you definitely have to go and check out this stadium. Walk around, sit at the bench where all the greatest football players have been sat and see in front of your eyes the history of the Brazil football soccer. And don't miss the delicious fast food at the end of the tour;)
Orlando Marroquin - 1 month ago
Legendary stadium, how can I give less than 5 stars... On one day, we did the tour of the stadium on one day and also purchased tickets in person. To purchase online, one needs CPF, a Brazilian tax id of some sort. So we could only buy the tickets to the very next game only, passports and IDs in hand. Even for the kids. As far as the tour, I was not impressed because it was not a guided tour, quite a lot of people, and I am not a huge ⚽️ fan. The game. Wow. Atmosphere, security, organization --that I liked. The fans are physically separated in different sections, which was amazing for me. During the game, you are constantly approached by people selling ice cream, beer, cookies and popcorn. I can't say I liked that part, but I didn't mind because if kids want a treat, you do not have to leave the stands. Exiting the stadium after the game was fast, safe, taxis waiting. Overall, great experience
Marina Zhuravleva - 4 months ago
History was made in this stadium. Soccer fan or not, Maracanã is one of the most famous landmarks in Rio de Janeiro. For only a few BRL you can take the self-guided tour through the locker rooms, press room, and of course the sitting area too!
Iván Montejo-Martínez - 1 month ago
Accommodations near Maracanã Stadium:
|Metro Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Line 2 - Green||Maracanã Station (UERJ ramp and A,B,C gates)||5|
|Line 2 Green||São 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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