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MARACANA STADIUM RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL:
Maracana Stadium was inaugurated on the 24th of july of 1950. Marana Stadium, Brazil, was originally called "Estadio Municipal", but in 1964, it received it's actual name, "Mário Filho", in honour to the sports jornalist and founder of the "Journal dos Sports".
Anyways, for the locals it has always been "Estadio Maracana", (Maracana Stadium), and most probably will remain the same. The name Maracana derives from a bird of the region and also because Maracana is the name of the neighobourhood where the stadium is located.
The world's largest football stadium, Maracana, was built for World Cup IV, that was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1950. Brazil unfortunately lost to Uruguay that year at Maracana Stadium, but today it's the only nation in the world to hold 5 titles.
LOCATION OF MARACANA STADIUM RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL:
The Maracana Stadium is located in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. It's very easy to access Maracana Stadium, due to the metro and bus stations that are right in front of the building.
MARACANA STADIUM BRAZIL - YESTERDAY AND TODAY:
Football is the national sport in Brazil, and the Maracana Stadium is often filled to full capacity, with more than 90,000 people when there is a major match. The official record of attendanace to the Maracana Stadium is of 183,341 spectators in 1969.
At Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is where Pelé scored his 1,000th goal.
At the 1950 world cup, there were allegedly more than 200.000 people at Maracana Stadium. Today, after various reforms due to FIFA regulations, the Maracana Stadium has a capacity of 75.000 people seated. You are welcome to watch a match at Maracana Stadium if you come during the season.
You can visit Maracana Football Stadium from 9 am to 5 pm, every day, excpet on game days, where the Maracana stadium is closed for visits, 4 hours before the games.
MARACANA STADIUM TOURS AND VISITS:
The tour at the Maracana Stadium starts right at the entrance of the stadium, at the "calçada da fama", "walk of fame", a place where some of Brazilians most famous players have left their feet marks in cement. Inside the Maracana stadium, you will find painels and murals with the history of the stadium; it's construction details; and the history of world and brasilian football.
After that you can check out the panoramic view of the Maracana Stadium. The visit ends up in the field witha previous check out of the locker and warm up areas.
Maracana Stadium is also used for mega-shows every now and then, and artists like Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones have already performed at Maracana Stadium. Next door to it are Maracanãzinho, a smaller bowl with a capacity of 20,000 and the Olympic Stadium Célio de Barros, often used for international competitions.
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