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Maracanã: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

Unfortunately, due to its location and size, the stadium has never fully achieved its potential. Estadio Maracana was designed to be the biggest football stadium in the world. However, it has never lived up to its potential because of its location and size.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The original cost of the stadium was $3 million, but during its construction, the price increased to $5 million. The stadium officially opened on September 8th, 1950 and hosted the first World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay. Construction on the Maracanã stadium began in August 1948 and was completed almost two years later, on 16 June 1950. The stadium officially opened its doors for the first time that day with a friendly between a selection of players from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Eight days later, Maracanã hosted the opening match of the 1950 World Cup between Brazil and Mexico (4-0). This would go on to host four more matches in the first round group stage and a further three in the second round stage, among which the deciding final match between Uruguay and Brazil (2-1) was.

In 1966, the Brazilian journalist Mário Filho was killed, which led to the stadium being officially renamed in his honor. However, many people continue to refer to the stadium as Maracanã.

The Maracanã stadium hardly changed until the 1990s, when a deathly accident and resulting safety measures greatly reduced its capacity. Shortly later, it got converted into an all-seater.

Brazil was awarded the 2014 World Cup in 2007 and realized that Maracanã would be the perfect place to host the final. As a result, the stadium needed a massive redevelopment in order to meet FIFA's high standards.

A new roof was installed in 2013 which increased the seating capacity to 79,000

The Maracana Stadium hosted seven World Cup matches in 2014. These included the quarter-final between Germany and France (1-0) and the final between Germany and Argentina (1-0). It also hosted several other matches and the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup, as well as multiple matches and finals of the 2016 Olympic Football tournaments.

Maracanã is owned by the state of Rio de Janeiro, but it has come to be the regular home of Flamengo and Fluminense. Other Rio clubs such as Botafogo and Vasco da Gama also occasionally use the stadium for high-profile matches.

(photos of the present Maracanã below)

How to get to Maracana

The Maracanã stadium is located towards the east of Rio de Janeiro, about 5 kilometers from downtown Rio. It lies about 12 kilometers north of the Copacabana and Ipanema beach areas. The stadium can easily be accessed by metro and train. Maracanã station is a stop on metro line 2, which can be boarded in downtown Rio or the Flamengo and Botafogo areas. It can also be reached with a transfer from line 1, which runs from the Copacabana and Ipanema areas.

The commuter train from the Central Brasil railway station is an option if you're already at the station or if you're coming from the nearby central bus terminal. Otherwise, getting off the metro would involve getting off at a different stop and getting on a train, while the metro can bring you there directly.

If opting to take the train, take one on the red Ramal Deodoro line and get off at Maracanã station.

Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, s/nº, portão 18, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro

Eat, drink, and sleep near Maracana

The Maracanã Stadium is located in a residential area and there is not much to see or do around it. There are few attractions in this area, so it is not one of Rio's better areas and there is no reason to head to the stadium before the match. Eating and drinking can be done better in more touristy areas. N/A

Hodels near Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro offer a variety of accommodations options, perfect for tourists looking for a place to stay while visiting the city. Additionally, there are many other attractions and activities nearby that visitors can enjoy.

Flamengo Tickets

Tickets for Flamengo matches can be bought online, at the Maracanã ticket windows, the club facilities at Avenida Borges de Medeiros 997 in the Lagoa - Ipanema area, or any of the other sales outlets. Depending on the seat location, expect to pay between BR$100.00 and BR$350.00 for a ticket to a game in the upper sections or in VIP areas.

To see Flamengo play their home matches in the Maracana, be sure to check the match details first. Flamengo occasionally plays their home matches at other stadiums across Rio, particularly the low-profile ones.

Fluminense Tickets

Tickets for Fluminense matches can be bought online at Futebolcard, at the ticket windows of Marcanã, or at any of the sales outlets, which include the centrally-located club office at Rua Álvaro Chaves 41 in the Laranjeiras area. Tickets for events usually cost sixty Brazilian reais. Identification is necessary in order to purchase them.

Fluminense occasionally plays their home matches at other stadiums across Rio de Janeiro, in particular the low-profile ones. So be sure to check the match details before heading to the Maracana.

Relevant Internet links

The official websites of CR Flamengo, Fluminense FC, and Rioguiaoficial are all available here. Supervia provides information on the Rio de Janeiro metro system, while Metrorio provides information on the Rio de Janeiro train system. I was really looking forward to going to watch Flamengo play at Ilha do Urubu Stadium but I was very dismayed when I found out that the ticket price was three times more than what I would have to pay at the Maracana. The Maracana is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in football.

The seats are very comfortable, the fans are noisy and sing and dance all game, and the Metro stops outside the stadium. The day before I went to watch Flamengo at Ilha do Urubu Stadium and paid 3 times more for the ticket, Maracana is well worth visit.

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Unfortunately, due to its location and size, the stadium has never fully achieved its potential. Estadio Maracana was designed to be the biggest football stadium in the world. However, it has never lived up to its potential because of its location and size.

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