MARACANÃ

Culture

The Estádio do Maracanã is perhaps the most famous football stadium of them all. it opened in 1950 to host the World Cup and has seen a major refurbishment in time for the tournament in 2014. It is currently home to a number of local teams; Fluminense, Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco de Gama and will be the venue for both the World Cup Final and the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Rio 2016 Olympics.

A record attendance of over 199,000 was recorded in 1950 but the capacity of the stadium now sits more comfortably at just under 79,000.

The blue, yellow and white seats create the colours of the Brazilian flag alongside the green of the pitch.