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Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos (Engenhão): All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos was built for the 2007 Pan-American Games that were hosted by Rio de Janeiro. It is often nicknamed Engenhao, which means "big fish" in Portuguese.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was built for the 2007 Pan-American Games and officially opened on the 30 June 2007 with a match between Botafogo and Fluminense. After bidding for the stadium, Botafogo was awarded the right to lease it for a period of 20 years.

In 2010, Maracaña closed for construction for the 2014 World Cup. As a result, both Flamengo and Fluminense moved most of their home matches to the Engenhao.

In 2013, construction problems with the stadium's roof led to its temporary shutdown.

Engenhao, the stadium in which the athletics events of the 2016 Olympics will take place, was selected to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. To increase capacity for the occasion, Engenhao was expanded to 60,000 seats.

In 2015, the city of Rio allowed Botafogo to refer to their stadium as Estadio Nilton Santos, honouring their former player. In 2017, the stadium got officially renamed Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos.

Engenhão Stadium is often seen as a cold and sterile venue, due to the large distance between the stands and pitch, and low attendances.

How to get to Engenhao

The Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos is located in the east of Rio de Janeiro, about 13 kilometers from downtown Rio and more than 20 kilometers from Copacabana and Ipanema. The stadium is close to the Linha Amarela motorway. It is clearly signposted from the Linha Amarela (exit 3) and the Avenida Brasil.

Egenho de Dentro is a station located right next to the stadium. It can be reached by taking a commuter train from Rio's main rail station, Central do Brasil, which is close to Rio downtown. The red (Ramal Deodora), green (Ramal Santa Cruz), and blue (Ramal Japeri) lines all connect Central do Brasil with Egenho de Dentro.

First take the metro to the Central metro station. Then take the train as described above.

Address: Rua José dos Reis 425, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro

Botafogo Tickets

Tickets for Botafogo matches can be bought online, in the ticket windows of the Engenhao, at the club store at Av. Venceslau Bras 72 in Botafogo (near Sugerloaf Mountain), or at one of the other sales outlets. However, none are particularly central. The ticket prices for an event depend on the opponent, but typically range between R$30.00 and R$50.00.

Make sure you check the venue before heading to the Engenhao in order to avoid any possible confusion. Botafogo may play the odd home game at a different stadium, so it's important to be aware of this beforehand.

Relevant Internet links

Botafogo FR's website is the official website of the club. Rioguiaoficial.com.br is the official guide to Rio de Janeiro, and Supervia.com.br provides information about the Rio train system. Bernardo Reis wrote on March 6th, 2015 at 9:58pm that the TV stadium is nice to see on TV, but horrible in person. The poor acoustics behind the goals, steep central stands, and track around the pitch make it undesirable for any kind of intimate game atmosphere. Only worthwhile if for a top notch game, otherwise travellers should give preference to Maracanã and São Januario.

I was disappointed to see the TV stadium being used for a match, as it's nice to see it on television but the inside is horrible. The poor acoustics are behind the goals and the stands are too steep, making the stadium only worth using for a top-level game. The track around the pitch also kills any intimacy feel and is only worthwhile if you're attending a high-quality match. If travelling to Brazil, I would recommend giving preference to either Maracanã or São Januario.

Fernando Barra wrote on 20 July 2013 at 2:49 am: The stadium is closed due to a problem on the roof. The works to fix it will go until the end of 2014. In the beginning of 2016, the stadium will be closed again for the works to host the Olympic games.

The stadium is currently closed due to a problem on the roof. The work to fix it will continue until the end of 2014. In the beginning of 2016, the stadium will be closed again for the work to host the Olympic games.

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Estádio Olímpico Nilton Santos (Engenhão): All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022).

The Estadio Olimpico Nilton Santos was built for the 2007 Pan-American Games that were hosted by Rio de Janeiro. It is often nicknamed Engenhao, which means "big fish" in Portuguese.

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