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

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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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Rated 4.6 out of 5Maracanã Star Rating

4 Star Rating Brilliant experience. Downside was buying tickets online but having to then queue to pick them up rather than printing online voucher. Once inside, great stadium and exceptionally well priced

Mark Papworth - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating I’ve watched local derby soccer game there in the 90s .That was before the renovation that diminished the stadiums capacity . My game had around 150 K fans in attendance . Experience of a life time that’s for sure. Highly recommended.

Eric Olejkowski - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating An amazing spot even if you're not a fan of soccer. It's huge and imponent. There's a nice infrastructure, it's corridors are well signalized. There also bars inside the stadium, so you can go without worrying about your snack.

Lucas Antonio - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating Watching games here must be great however their tour isn't the best. Been to other tour stadiums around the world and this wasn't great and not much area to explore plus doesn't give you much detail about the history of the stadium and their reconstruction. Not on top of the list for places to visit in Rio in my opinion unless there is a match being played there. If you do go, suggest not getting the guided tour, check the stadium at your pace as the tour guides are bi-lingual so we ended up with the tour guide speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish which increased the time spent there. Suggest they add extra details and open up the stadium more for tours and have separate tour guides for the three main tourist languages.

Usman Ahmad - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Once the world's greatest football stadium. Reformed for the 2014 World Cup. Nice seating arrangement. Nice accessibility. It is fantastic to watch a match, specially one that include Flamengo. The supporters are a show apart. Also very well suited for Rock concerts.

Marcelo Krieger - 3 months ago


Video about the history Maracanã Stadium and upgrades for its role in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics

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