Keep in mind that this post is from May 2014.
This past weekend the TGW Staff was able to check out Maracana Stadium, one of if not the most iconic soccer stadium in the world. It was a Fluminese vs. Flamengo Classic game. The tickets to the game ranged from 50 to 100 reais (US$20 – US$70), which is considered costly to Brazilians and thus resulted in the very low attendance of 18,000 people. Fluminese won the game 3-0 on counter-attack goals as Flamengo controlled most of the game. The game wasn’t too exciting but what did get us excited was the actual stadium itself. It felt as if we were in the US or European Stadium.
The renovation of the stadium took 3 years and over US$500 million. The original seating bowl, with a two-tier configuration, was demolished, giving way to a new one-tier seating bowl. The new seats are colored yellow, blue, and white forming along with the green of the match field, the Brazilian national colors. The visibility of the field is great no matter where you seat. The original stadium’s roof in concrete was demolished and substituted with a fiberglass tensioned membrane coated with Teflon. The new roof will cover 95% of the seats inside the stadium, unlike the former design, where protection was given to some seats in the upper ring and also from the seats of the bleachers above the gate access of each sector.
As far as the new capacity, it’s currently at 73,500. This is a lot less than the crowd that was at the Maracanazo in 1950 of 200,000.
As far as getting to the stadium, the quickest and most cost-effective (7 reais round-trip) is taking the subway. From Zona Sul (South Zone), you have to take metro Line 2 in the direction of Pavuna. You would get off at Maracana Station and the stadium is only a 2-minute walk from the station.
For the World Cup, Maracana Stadium hosted 7 World Cup Games:
June 15, 2014 – Argentina vs. Bosnia
June 18, 2014 – Chile vs. Spain
June 21, 2014– Belgium vs. Russia
June 25, 2014 – Ecuador vs. France
June 28, 2014 – Round of 16 Game
July 04, 2014 – Quarter-Final
July 12, 2014 – World Cup Final
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