Estadio do Maracana
|City||Rio de Janeiro|
|Clubs||CR Flamengo, Botafogo FR, Fluminense FC, CR Vasco da Gama|
|Construction||2010 - 28.05.2013|
|Cost||$ 500 million|
|Design||Fernandes Arquitectos Associados|
Estadio do Maracana – tournament stadium description
In late 2010 extensive redevelopment began, part of 2014 World Cup preparations. Due to historical value of the stadium decision was made to preserve as much of the original stadium as possible. The plan was to rebuilt only lower tier of stands (bringing them closer to the pitch) and expand the concrete roof. However, over the course of demolition works it proved impossible for old roof to hold extra weight of planned membrane expansion, resulting in demolition of the entire cover.
Works caused numerous controversies and opponents emphasized that parts of limited value were preserved – the stadium was listed as national heritage monument for its cultural value, not architectural. Meanwhile, along with revamping authorities also removed indigenous museum from the stadium and decided to privatise it for the first time, inciting protests.
Works were carried out with significant delays and cost $500 million, a lot more than initially planned.
World Cup games:
|Phase||Game||Attendance||Date (local time)|
|Group F||Argentina 2–1 Bosnia and Herzegowina||74,738||16/06/2014 19:00|
|Group B||Spain 0–2 Chile||74,101||18/06/2014 16:00|
|Group H|| Belgium 1–0 Russia
|Group E|| Ecuador 0–0 France
|Round of 16|| Colombia 2–0 Uruguay
|Quarterfinal||France 0–1 Germany||74,240||04/07/2014 13:00|
|FINAL||Germany 1-0 Argentina||74,738||13/07/2014 16:00|
| 10 goals / Avg: 1.43
||Total: 519,189 / Avg: 74,170|
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So far this year over 60% of all visitors at Brazil's most famous football temple came here for concerts, not games. While the proportion should change later into 2018, it's hardly the stadium many hoped it would be.
Rio de Janeiro: Legend shamed, look at Maracanã
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Brazil: Record World Cup attendance (theoretically)
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Report: How much did Brazil spend on World Cup stadiums?
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Rio de Janeiro: Wobbly staircase raises concerns
A fan-made video clip shows how temporary staircase structure sways from side to side under hundreds of people. As disturbing as it is, some media outlets persistently claim the structure is at Maracana. Well, it’s not.
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.
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Brazil: Stadium operators need to learn
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Brazil: Shocking set of new rules at Maracanã
The controversial consortium operating Brazil’s biggest stadium yesterday introduced a new set of rules at the ground. Many supporters and journalists are shocked as most of the ‘Brazilian style’ in supporting has been banned. But that’s a problem only for those, who can afford new ticket prices.
Brazil: Dream final, but disastrous tournament
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The opening game is under way, so it’s about time to check the host venues of 2013 Confederations Cup. Three of them are brand new, three largely revamped from how they used to look. Brazilians did well to build them. Wait, did they?
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.
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