World Cup 2014: Maracana Stadium
Stadium name: Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Location: Rio de Janeiro
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.