Maracana Stadium

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Maracana Stadium - Sunset before the game started....Amazing
Maracana Stadium - Sunset before the game started....Amazing
Maracana Stadium - Trying to blend in with the natives, but hey....
Eu tenho o espírito do Carioca
Maracana Stadium - Trying to blend in with the natives, but hey....
Eu tenho o espírito do Carioca
Maracana Stadium - Trying to blend in with the natives, but hey....
Eu tenho o espírito do Carioca

Maracana Stadium Rio de Janeiro Reviews

HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
It's preparing for the 2016 Olympics!!!! Apr 11, 2012
They demolished the original stadium built in 1950 for the World Cup in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. We drove by the formidable structure (nearly done), but didn't feel the need to get out and take pictures. The main structure is pretty much done and you can see how MASSIVE it is.

It (as with many things built around the world) has come to cost more than they thought it would. It was supposed to cost R$ 720 million (about US$ 400 million), but I think our tour guide said they are already at R$ 800 million and it is theorized to approach the R$ 1 billion mark, but who knows. It is supposed to hold 90,00 people when it is done. The National Stdium being built for the World Cup in Brasilia is supposed to cost the same amount for 70,000 seats, but those costs have definitely gone up and should be complete by the end of this year.

Capacity: 90,000 seats (Maracana will be the biggest stadium of the World Cup, and will host the final match of the event).
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rougescholar rougesch…
2 reviews
Maracanã Stadium Jan 24, 2010
You do not understand the excitement I felt at this moment,walking into the stadium. Knowing that all roads read lead here in the aspect of Football, I am about to watch my first Brazilian football game at the Maracanã

There was constant cheering and the banging of drums throughout the game. It is amazing how everybody gets into the game. You are drunk with the excitement with everyone around you.

The sunset as the game starts is breathtaking.

I would recommend coming with friends that speak Portuguese or with help of your hostel. Or just practice what you exactly want.Still recommend the two former options.
Sunset before the game started....…
Trying to blend in with the native…
7 reviews
Maracanã Football Stadium Nov 16, 2009
Footbal is one of Brazilians’ biggest passions and Maracanã has become a great symbol for it. Latin America’s largest stadium was built for the Soccer World Cup in 1950. Back then, Brazil lost to Uruguay in a historic and humiliating final. The country got over it. Today it’s the only nation on Earth to hold 5 World Cup titles. The stadium’s official record is 183,341 spectators, but new safety regulations now limit its capacity to 90,000. This is where Pelé, Brazil’s hero, made his 1,000th goal in 1969. Not only soccer teams have had a chance to play in Maracanã, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tina Turner and Frank Sinatra also experienced the energy coming from the massive audience. Even if you’re not a soccer fan, adventure yourself! The top team matches are unforgettable. Fla x Flu (Flamengo v. Fluminense) and Flamengo x Vasco are classics. You won't regret it.

Price: R$20.00 (price for the guided visit, check the newspapers for football matches)

Opened daily from 09:00/17:00 (except when matches and events are going on)

How to get there – underground is the best option! By subway: Maracanã station at Linha 2 /// From Downtown: get BUS 238 or 239, at Praça Quinze /// From Glória, Flamengo: get BUS 434 or 464, at Av. Augusto Severo or Praia do Flamengo /// From Botafogo:get BUS 434 or 464, at Praia de Botafogo /// From Copacabana: get BUS 455, at Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana /// From Ipanema, Leblon: get BUS 464, at Av. Ataulfo de Paiva or Rua Visconde de Pirajá ///
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patriciab patriciab
2 reviews
Feb 02, 2008
Best place to know how brazilian live!!! Well, ok it's a little bit dangerous, like not "oh my god he's gonna shot me" or whatever more like " oops someone stole my wallet" so, if possible go with some brazilian people, and don't take anything of value, but you'll see it's amazing how everyone seem connected like all moving together!!! Crazy stuff and wellyou'll make loads of friends there and learn songs... And if you do like football, it's even better!!
worldup worldup
27 reviews
Feb 01, 2006
I went to a riot and a football (soccer)game broke out. What an experience. I love soccer and I've played and followed leagues from other countries for years, so when I got the chance to go to the Mecca of Football, well, I had to go. It was a double-header with a 7:00 and a 9:30pm game.

Arrive early to get tickets. I would suggest 1.5 hours before gametime. I waited until the line was at least 100 people deep. "Line" is a subjective word because it was really just a mass of people infront of the ticket office. "Ticket office" is also a subjective word because it was really a row of holes through bulletproof plexiglass reinforced with steel bars.

Anyway, an hour into waiting and my wife and I were about 4 people to one of the holes where our ticket awaits. Thenthe annoucement that the game is starting.

All hell broke loose. This was a scene from apolice riot trainingfilm. People were yelling, pushing, hitting to get to the "hole". Like at a concert and your in the mosh pit. That was until the riot police came with thier billy clubs swinging like babe ruth. The police weren't interested in getting the trouble makers, they just hit anyone including me.

We eventually got our tickets and saw an amazing game. The brazilians are passionate people and very passionate about their football.

This was all for a football game. God it was a great night.
Eric says:
Nice first sentence :)
Posted on: Feb 07, 2007

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