Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã)
|City||Rio de Janeiro|
|Clubs||Flamengo, Botafogo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama|
|Tournament||World Cup 2014|
|Construction||2010 - 28.05.2013|
|Cost||R$ 1.14 billion|
|Design||Fernandes Arquitetos Associados|
|Address||Avenida Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - CEP 20.271-110|
Reconstruction of Brazil’s most famous stadium began in 2010, causing much controversy. Authorities decided to convert its stands within existing structure instead of building anew. Historical value was given as reason, but the stadium wasn’t an architectural monument, it was listed for its cultural significance only and would supposedly not lose the status if rebuilt from scratch.
What caused doubts was the immense budget behind works and arguable quality when work is done. With double-tiered stands converted to a rather flat single bowl, sightlines are far from perfect.
As work was under way, it turned out existing concrete roof needed to be dismantled. Initially it was planned to just be expanded with steel beams holding membrane, but in the end it was scrapped for membrane over the whole structure.
Delivery date was postponed several times. Initially expected in Dec 2012, the stadium was then supposed to be ready by March 2013 and eventually on May 28 2013, just 18 days before Confederations Cup.
Rio de Janeiro: Legend shamed, look at Maracanã
It’s just three years after a lavish and controversial redevelopment and Brazil’s most famous stadium is now looking shockingly bad. And no-one wants to admit guilt.
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã cost inflated by 17%
As the Olympics are near one scandal after another is hitting Rio de Janeiro. This time it’s a dated case from a few years back. Contractors are accused of artificially inflating the cost of Maracanã.
World Cup: All stadiums tested, no serious incidents
Some may argue that safety infractions happened, that stadiums aren’t ready. But in all fairness Brazil is proving to be a great host for tourists. And if Japanese fans cleaning litter make headlines, nothing serious is going wrong, eh?
Rio de Janeiro: Nervous attempts to prepare Maracana’s field
In just two weeks the stadium will host its first World Cup game. A month later it’ll witness the final. Meanwhile, intensive use over the past weeks severely challenged its field’s quality.
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã losing big money
Redeveloped for over 1 billion reais, Brazil’s largest stadium has had a difficult first year. Though the loss was expected, its size is very significant at over $20 million.
There was no game bigger than the one in Rio de Janeiro, at least officially. There was no other stadium able to hold almost 200,000 people while under construction! And finally, there was no other stadium of the 2014 World Cup that raised so many doubts…
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã’s revival game was hanging by a thread
The famous stadium in Rio was yesterday ruled unsafe to host the kind of game that is planned for Sunday. Brazil-England friendly will take place, though, as today state authorities managed to get the safety certificate required.
Rio de Janeiro: FIFA doesn't want perpetual seat holders at the World Cup
When the famous Maracana was built, some families had to support the investment with private funding. For this they were granted the right to have a seat at Maracana for any event ever, providing they'll be willing to cover annual seat cost. Now FIFA says they won't be able to see neither the Confederations Cup, nor the World Cup. Businessweek.com report.
Brazil: Judge suspends Maracana's 'privatisation'
Prosecutors agreed with lost bidders that Rio de Janeiro state may have broken the law, by choosing the very same company for future stadium operation, which prepared the entire viability study for the procedure.
Brazil: Maracanã 'privatised', again with controversy
Billionaire Eike Batista grabs 35-year tenancy over Brazil's most famous and largest stadium. Competition argues his partners had unfair advantage, while other are still outraged that the stadium is 'given away' to private companies for free after having spent over $557 million of taxpayers' money.
Brazil: Maracanã price tag still growing
Where’s the roof on this one? We may still be treated to increases as construction is hardly done. Just on Monday state authorities approved another large increase of the budget, according to SID.
Rio de Janeiro: Media criticize “new” Maracanãs debut
Holes in the floor, many installations not working, flooded VIP zone and on top of that stadium staff trying to prevent people from taking photos of the flaws. Attempts to make situation not look bad seem futile as journalist list flaws…
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã reopens today
This doesn’t mean it’s already redeveloped. On the contrary, the impromptu friendly game proves that some work still needs to be done. But Brazil’s largest stadium will see its first game since 2010 anyhow.
Brazil: Fight against time ahead of Confederations Cup
As it turns out, no more than three arenas will be ready, while three others are well behind. Behind the initial, updated and final deadlines. Largest venues seem to be in worst position, but FIFA assures the tournament will be held as planned.
Brazil: Maracanã in need of redevelopment after… redevelopment?
Despite almost being ready for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup, Brazil’s most famous stadium failed to meet requirements of the IOC, ahead of 2016 Olympics.
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã pitch laid
Yesterday marked a milestone at the site of what is to be Brazil's largest stadium. The famous Maracanã has its pitch in place, while installation of roof membrane and seats is progressing every day.
Brazil: FIFA very concerned with Maracanã's delay
Its schedule was very tight already in 2010. Now, after several delays, it's extremely tense. FIFA secretary general expressed his serious concerns as the stadium is to be ready weeks after the final deadline set by FIFA.
Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã workers on warning strike
Work stopped for one day yesterday and will be halted further if authorities don’t meet the demands of workers on site. They expect better working conditions. Will authorities agree in race against time?
Brazil: England to reopen Maracanã
The great classic of global football, Brazil vs. England, is now confirmed to reopen the record-breaking stadium this June. All sounds great, but that gives hosts just 5 days to prepare the venue.
Brazil: Third delay at Maracanã, when will FIFA lose their patience?
Already in 2010 the schedule seemed to be a tight one. It also seemed that FIFA wouldn’t accept any slips. But as we hear about third postponement of venue delivery, the governing body remains calm.