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: R. Prof. Eurico Rabelo - Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20271-150, Brazil

Official Website: Maracanã Stadium

Maracanã Stadium Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Great place to go to watch Fluminense play. They won the game 2-1 and my Brazilian pal was very happy. My younger brother had the hots for this lady in the stadium but was too nervous to speak to her. In the end he didn't speak to her and she went off with her husband. Overall a great day and I will be coming back when I next get a chance. Stay safe.
Calum Taylor - 3 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating A place that you must visit, the tour is not timed. You are able to go to different pf the stadium where a tour guide will be there to explain most things. You are also able to take a penity shot on the patch for a small fee. If you are able to score a goal. You will be given a video clip for free. You will also be given a medal which again you may have to pay a small fee. Overall a good 👍🏾 experience.
Carlton - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating This is a soccer temple to Brazilians and to many soccer fans across the planet. Too many iconic players and games have been play here. Too many legendary guest have visited. You'll learn about them all on a stadium tour! The tour is about an hour and semi self guided. You'll find guides throught the tour ready to answer questions in Portuguese, Spanish, or English. Credit cards or cash is accepted for payment. Restrooms are available towards the end. You're free to linger during the tour but you can't go backwards. Uber is available to take you here but the designated pick up point is a fair walk south of the stadium.
Michael Barton - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating The best experience on visiting a stadium. Especially when you are in the most iconic stadium in the world. The tour is great, especially because you can visit the play field , take photos on the bench and feel the real sensation of the pitch. You can find tshirts of the greatest players of Brasil and the foot impressions on concrete. Definitely a must visit site while in Rio de Janeiro!
Marius Telișcă - 5 months ago

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4 Star Rating Mega famous stadium of course but my feeling is that it replies on its history. The museum was iconic with all the famous Brazilian players remembered. The stadium itself is aging and doesn’t seem to be that big compared to some of the modern European stadiums.
Andy Newbold - 2 months ago

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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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