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Maracanã stadium

Location and main features

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The Maracanã stadium is one of the most sought after tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro. It is located in the North Zone of the city and it is very easy to reach. You can go by bus, train or subway: they all have a station by the Stadium.

Going to one of World Football Icons as is Maracanã, is something to remember. The privileged architecture of the stadium, along with its mystique, creates a unique charm.

Watch Flamengo 3-0 victory in Maracana:

Guided Tours

There is a guided tour that takes the tourist through the history of Maracanã from 1950 until today, detailing all relevant facts and information. The visits are open daily, seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm, even on holidays. However, on game days the doors are close five hours before the game. Tourist visiting the Stadium must go through gate 15 and excursion buses through gate 16. Parking is free. An average of 6,794 people a month visit Maracanã.
The Maracanã opened its doors on June 16th, 1950, so that Brazil could host the World Cup, since Europe was still suffering the aftermath of World War II.



History of Maracana

The stadium was inaugurated with a friendly game between the freshmen teams from Rio and São Paulo, on July 17th, 1950, and the first goal was scored by Carioca player Didi, who was going to be two times world champions in 1958 and 1962. The 1950 started on 24th of June, with a 4 x 0 Brazil victory over Mexico. However, incredible as it may seem, the winner of the 1950 World Cup was Uruguay, who won Brazil in the finals by 2 x 1.

The most famous players in the history of Brazilian football started and consecrated their careers in the Maracanã stadium. The first time Pelé played for the Brazil National team was in Maracanã, in 1957. And in November 19th, 1969 he scored is 1000th goal also in the Maracanã. Botafogo FC won their first national championship title 7 years after the stadium opened, with one of player Garrincha´s best games. The best scorer in the history of Maracanã is Zico: 333 goals in 435 games.

The field has the official dimensions: 110m x 75m in an 186,638 square metre area. Besides the 1950 World Cup and the first FIFA Interclub World Cup in 2000, Maracanã usually stages shows of great international artists such as Frank Sinatra, Kiss, Tina Turner, Madonna, Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

In 2000, on the 50 Anniversary of Maracanã, a Fame Walk was inaugurated; all the starts that made part of the history of the stadium left a footprint there: Adílio, Alex, , Altair, Amarildo, Andrade, Assis, Barbosa (in memorian), Bebeto, Beckenbauer, Bellini, Branco, Brito, Carlos Alberto Torres, Carpegiani, Coutinho , Dario, Dequinha (in memorian), Dida, Didi, Dirceu Lopes, Djalma Santos, Dunga, Edinho, Edu Coimbra, Eusébio, Evaristo, Falcão, Garrincha (in memorian), Gerson, Gylmar, Jair Rosa Pinto, Jairzinho, Pelé , Reinaldo, Renato Gaúcho, Rivelino, Roberto Dinamite, Roberto Miranda, Ronaldo Fenômeno, Rondinelli, Romário, Romerito, Rubens (in memorian), Samarone, Silva Batuta, Sócrates, Vavá, Waldo and Zinho, among many others. The only woman on the Walk of Fame is Marta, who left her footprint after the Brazilian Women National Team won the gold medal in the XV Pan-American Games, in July 2007

The stadium underwent a great reform in 2007 to host the Rio de Janeiro Pan American Games. The opening and closure ceremonies were held at Maracanã. The Women and Men semi-finals and finals were also played in the stadium.

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Trivia

The Maracanã stadium can seat up 87,101 people, although it will be enlarged for the 2014 World Cup.

The name Maracanã comes from native language tupi-guarani and it describe the sound of a bird.

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