3 years ago , my nephew from Vienna and two friends came for a visit. Of course we also went to Rio , by car which is the cheapest way. I stayed with them at the hotel because there was not enough space at home. Of course , they wanted to see the famous Maracana Stadium , still one of the three biggest in the world with space for over 100,000 people. It is here that "big tragedy" hit the Brazilian national football team when they lost at home the final of the World Championship against Uruguay in 1950... but since then Brazil won an unprecedented 5 times... which makes us Penta Champions.. and hopefully Hexa Champions soon , in June 2006...( and btw... USAmericans , listen up..... everywhere in the "rest" of the world football is called football and we non USAmericans can't even imagine what "soccer" might mean and we don't even care.... so please , call the game by its name.... we don't call baseball "batball" or "whack it" or "Cricket" either...)
Well , the hotel concierge gave us absurd prices , so we went with my car, I found the Maracana in no time , double parked for 5 minutes to buy the tickets , good ones for the cheap local price and then had a bit of a hard time finding a parking space... then a long walk back to the stadium and we finally got in. On the first pic you see the football fans coming in in masses and a police "roadblock" to check them for weapons , glass bottles and other dangerous items..... Pics # 2 and # 3 were taken during the game....
The Maracana Stadium is a must see for anyone remotely interested in Football, and even if you're not it's still worth going. There is something special about Brazilian football and when you see the stadium, and imagine the sound of 100,000 passionate fans you can maybe understand why players are inspired to try a few fancy tricks.
You can even see the Corcovado from the stadium, just to help you get your bearings.
There is also a good museum of Brazilian football in the stadium to help create the atmosphere, and you can stand in the shoes of the great brazilian stars such as Pele and Jarzinho. I'd love to see a game played here, maybe next time !
The stadium has a sports museum inside which has photographs, posters, cups and shirts of Brazilian football greats such as Pele's famous No 10 shirt. There's also a hall of fame which features plaster casts of famous football players feet.
Open daily from 9am-5pm except on match days. Admission R$3.
The world's largest football stadium, the Maracana stadium is Brazil's temple of football that easily accomodates more than 100,000 people although it squeezed in a record 183,341 for one game in 1969. It was built in just 665 days between 1948 and 1950 and opened it's doors on July 16th 1950 with a match between the teams of Rio and San Paulo. Since then it has staged the World Cup in 1950 and Pele's last game. It has also staged major rock shows featuring Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones.
If you fancy seeing a game involving one of the four local teams (Flamengo, Vasco, Fluminense or Botafogo) then check in the reception of your hotel as they should have details of matchs to watch. Please be aware that games can get quite heated. I heard that fans throw pigs heads and dead chickens on to the pitch!
Open daily from 9am-5pm except on match days. Admission R$3.
Soccer is not a passion of mine except for the World Cup competition. Maracana sounds impressive in this context, so I had to look at it but considering the time constraints I had to do it quickly. Thank God, his son helped me!
Even if you're not an avid sports fan, seeing a match at Maracana is a real blast. We were lucky enough to see the city championship between Fluminese and Vasco de Gama. It was an amazing, pulse-pounding experience and one of the best things we did in Rio. We arranged everything through our hotel and once we got to Maracana we just wandered off on our own to watch the game. We were electrified by the energy and the enthusiasm of the 70,000+ fans. Considering we were 2 young American women, it was also an amazingly unthreatening, and non-intimidating atmosphere.
This is our temple, stage of many emotions, and the real place for you to experience the joy of thousand of people! This is the Maracanã Stadium, built in 1950 and very dear to every carioca citizen!
I was there when Fluminense and Volta Redonda played, the big one against the small one. And the small one beat the big guys!:)))))
YES, 4 X7, Volta Redonda said: SHUT UP TO THE LOCALS FLUMINENSES!;)
I also brought my danish friends for that game.
April 10th, 2005
If you can, try to catch a soccer game at Maracanã. It's one of the world's largest sports venues, with a seating capacity for around 100,000. Seeing a game here when the stadium is packed must be an amazing experience. I caught a game between Fluminense and Internacional, but unfortunately, it was 2 days before Easter, and many cariocas were traveling for the holiday. There weren't too many people, but it was an experience nonetheless.
The world's largest soccer stadium, Maracana, is a staple of most Rio tours. The place is massive, I think like the great wall you can see it from the earth's orbit. Turned out that the championship game of the season coincided with my trip. I was able to get a ticket at Caesar Park Hotel for something around $20. I didn't know it at the time but going to that game by myself (not speaking portugese and screaming American tourist) was about the biggest invitation to get myself seriously hurt. There were definitely a few scary moments, however the experience ranks up there as one of the most memorableand best cultural experiences I think I will ever have.
If you are a football fan this has to be lose to heaven on earth. Even if your not its a fantastic day out. I went to the Rio state final and had so much fun.The atmosphere cannot be explained and has to be experienced.
Tickets to get in cost as little as 5 Reals.
O Maracana e um estadio unico por ser o maior do mundo, nao ha emocao igual a ssistir um jogo com o maracana lotado e senti-lo tremer literalmente. Voce tambem pode fazer as visitas guiadas ao estadio que acontecem durante a semana na parte da tarde, o ingresso e por volta de R$ 5,00
There is no trill such as watching a crowded soccer game in Maracana Stadium, and literally feel it trembling. You can also enjoy a guided visit through the stadium during the weekdays, the tickets cost about R$ 5 or U$ 2
While in Rio, one should also visit the most famous and largest soccer stadium in the world; Maracana.
Pele's footprints in cement along with some other notable soccer heroes.
The view inside is breathtaking!
Just the word Maracana brings images of Pele and Ronaldo to most Brazilians' minds. This is the largest soccer stadium in the world and can hold as many as 200,000 fans. It was built for the 1950 Word Cup, but try not to bring that up to the locals since that was the year that Uruguay beat Brazil for the Cup. Brazilians of course have no shame in their game, as they have won 5 World Cups in the years since, more than any other country. Moreover, the style of play in Brazil is recognized as one of the most offensive-minded and creative in the world, a pure joy to watch. If you're a fan, be sure to put this on your list of must-sees.
Football (soccer) is much more than a sport; is a passion, almost a religion. Brazil won the World Cup several times ('58, '62, '70, '94, '02), and its players and game style are famous all over the world. Maracaná is the main "temple" of this "religion": a really large and awesome stadium ("o mais grande do mundo").
But Brazilian soccer history has a sad chapter: here, in Maracaná, Uruguay won the World Cup in 1950...
Well, it is a sad chapter for Brazilians... For Uruguayans is the happiest one!!!
El fútbol es mucho más que un deporte; es una pasión, casi una religión. Brasil ganó la Copa del Mundo varias veces '58, '62, '70, '94, '02), y sus jugadores y su estilo de juego son famosos en todo el mundo. Maracaná es el principal "templo" de esta "religión": un estadio realmente enorme e impresionante ("o mais grande do mundo").
Pero la historia del fútbol brasileño tiene un capítulo triste: aquím en Maracaná, Uruguay ganó el Mundial de 1950...
Bien, es un capítulo triste para los brasileños... ¡¡¡Para nosotros, los uruguayos, es el más feliz de todos!!!!
Dont miss a soccer game in this stadium!
Try to watch a classic Flamengo x Fluminense, mostly known as FlaxFlu!!! You wont regreat! Its a life experience!
You can check the games schedules at this phone 21 2509-5937.