TRIP Located in Rio de Janeiro, the Estádio do Maracanã is a football stadium that has a seating capacity of 78,838. Having hosted two FIFA World Cups and one Olympic Games, the Maracanã is considered by many to be one of the world’s most historic football stadiums.
TAP Originally built for Brazil’s hosting of the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the Maracanã Stadium is Brazil’s largest stadium and the second largest in South America. The stadium is the home ground for two of Brazil’s most popular football clubs: Fluminense and Flamengo. The stadium is also used for many of the Brazilian national football team’s home games and is set to host five games at this year’s Copa América, including the Final.
The Maracanã was heavily refurbished in anticipation of Brazil’s second time hosting the World Cup in 2014. Key parts of the refurbishment included bringing the stands closer to the pitch and the addition of a new roof that covers the majority of spectators. Watching a match at the Maracanã is a memorable experience and is one which we highly recommend all visitors add to their Rio de Janeiro itinerary.
GO The best way to reach the Maracanã Stadium is via the Rio de Janeiro metro network (Maracanã Station). Visit Metro Rio’s official website for train timetables, network maps and other useful information. If you’re planning to attend the Copa América in 2019, visit the tournament’s official website for event details.
TTG FACT The Maracanã holds the record for the highest ever attendance for a football match. The final match of the 1950 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay was witnessed by a staggering 199,854 spectators.