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.
Category: Stadiums & Arenas
Avenida Presidente Castelo Branco
Rio de Janeiro - RJ 20271-130
Phone: +55 21 2334-1650
Nathan S. May-21-2019
The mecca of football. Make sure you have your tickets sorted. So for me, the maracana, wembley and old trafford are as big as it gets for football. I went... Read More
Elle E. Feb-10-2021
Overwhelmingly large but a beautiful space. Lots of vendors nearby to get little olympic trinkets. Enjoyed learning about all the hurdles Rio overcame to... Read More
Nicole E. Mar-04-2020
I am not a huge fan of soccer, but I could definitely feel and see the passion of soccer in Rio. I can imagine the crowds and loud chants reverberating... Read More
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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