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 VisitFee: 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 - 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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Ratedout of 5
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 - 1 month ago
Very good.... My name is : nurchalik yusri I love brasil and i love neymar jr
kiki kiki - 1 month ago
I love it as the openning and closing ceremonies of RIO 2016 were hoisted by this great Maracana
Tharanga Dilruk - 5 months ago
Love the feel in this stadium. Watched a game here in the rain and it was phenomenal. As I had dreamed it would be from the post cards I received as a little boy!!!
Josiah Dahlstrom - 6 months ago
Very grand football stadium. Even though we went to low key game where the final score was 0-0, the crowds were energetic and it was a lot of fun! Easy to get to by transit.
Tim Chan - 11 months ago