Venue Guide: Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro

World Cup 2014: Maracana Stadium

Maracana Stadium

Stadium name: Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Capacity: 78,838
Opened: 1950
Home To: Fluminense FC and CR Flamengo
Field Dimensions: 105 × 68 metres
Cost: 1 billion reals – $500m for renovation

Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, better known as the Estadio Maracana was actually built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Renovation of this historic sporting arena was completed just in time for the Confederations Cup last summer.
After reconstruction the venue has a reduced capacity of 73,531 for Brazil 2014, but it remains the biggest football ground in the country. The original seating bowl, with a two-tier configuration, was demolished, giving way to a new one-tier seating bowl. The new roof covers 95% of the seats inside the stadium and made of fiberglass tensioned membrane coated with Teflon. The Rio de Janeiro stadium will host seven games in all, four group matches, round of 16, quarter-final and final.

2014 World Cup Fixtures – Maracana Stadium

Match Date / Time Stage Results
11 15 June / 19:00 Group F Argentina vs Bosnia – Herzegovina
19 18 June / 16:00 Group B Spain vs Chile
31 22 June / 13:00 Group H Belgium vs Russia
42 25 June / 17:00 Group E Ecuador vs France
50 28 June / 17:00 Roud of 16 1C 2D
58 04 July / 13:00 Quarterfinals W53 W54
64 13 July / 16:00 Final W61 W62

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The city, grown around Guanabara Bay, is one of the famous tourist destinations in southern hemisphere and has been Brazil’s capital for about two centuries. The most iconic city in Brazil is full of contrasts: bustling metropolis with churches and structures around 16th and 19th centuries old is located between a tropical forest and several magnificent beaches and surrounded by mountains. Rio de Janeiro is well known for its New Year’s Eve celebrations and world-famous Carnival, balneario beaches, samba and Bossa Nova. Some places worth watching are the Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which sits atop the Corcovado Mountain, Corcovado, Pão de Açúcar, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Sugar Loaf Maracanã, Parque Lage, Jardim Botanico, etc.