Your travel guide to Maracana Stadium
The Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, also known as the 'Estadio Jornalista Màrio Fihlo' or more recently as 'O Dromo', is one of the most legendary sites for football fans. The stadium's majestic proportions have allowed it to host, from the 1950s and 60s, up to 200,000 spectators for a single game.
It is located in one of the countries and cities of the world where football has a huge following, Brazil, which gives it the right to be recognised in the mythology of football. The Maracanã is primarily remembered for hosting the 1950 World Cup final between Brazil and Uruguay, where it was thought that the local team, convinced of their own strength and backed by a huge crowd, would easily beat its rivals in the small South American country. Football fanatics instead will remember the goals of Uruguayan's Alberto Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia, that created the shock result of a 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.
The score generated such pandemonium in Brazil, with nearly 100 certified deaths linked to the outcome of the game, including suicides and cases of violence. In recent renovations, the stadium capacity was reduced for safety reasons. At first, it could hold 92,000 spectators but after works to allow the stadium to host the final of the World Cup in 2014, seating has decreased to about 78,000 seats. A peculiar trait of the Maracanã is linked to the way which it first received funding for the construction. 20,000 subscriptions were sold for 100 years which were used to pay for part of the work, including setting up the stage.
As a result, for consignments of those of the Brazilian national championship are sold 20,000 tickets for cheaper, seeing as these places are reserved to the original purchasers and their heirs until 2050. The new Maracanã, after being closed for several months to allow the work to adapt the stadium for the 2014 World Cup, was opened on the 2nd of June 2013 with a friendly between England and Brazil, which ended with the score 2-2. Good luck with your stay in Brazil during the summer of 2014, it may not be easy to find accommodation in a hotel or a bed and breakfast during this busy season, but we are confident that our selection of hotels and resorts can meet your needs!