The Journalist Mário Filho Stadium, better known as Maracanã, is a football stadium in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was inaugurated on June 16th, 1950, having been used for the World Cup football matches that year. (Foto: Celso Pupo/ Fim de Jogo)
Since then, Maracanã was the place of great moments of Brazilian and international football, such as Pelé’s thousandth goal, important matches of national competitions (Campeonato Brasileiro, Campeonato Carioca), Liberators Cup, the first FIFA Club World Cup, international competitions and Brazilian Football Team’s matches.
After a great reformation (the most important in its history), Maracanã was the scene of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan-American Games of 2007. It is expected that Macaranã will also host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2016.
In 2010, in the year of the World Cup in South Africa, it was the 60th anniversary of the “Sacred Temple of Football”. It’s a historical date for all Brazilian people.
News after the Reform
Grandstands and Comfort
The new seats at Maracanã will offer fans more comfort, they will be retractable and larger, allowing people to safely move through the stadium on game days.
All of seated spectators, some 79.000 peoples, will have full visibility of the field. The grandstand will start 14 meters from the field sideline. Furthermore, Maracanã will offer 90 seats for individuals with special needs, 85 for those with reduced mobility and obese.
There will also be 60 new bars and 247 bathrooms distributed throughout the different levels of the stadium.
Access, Communication and Security
In addition to two main ramps, the new Maracanã will receive four new ramps and four access tower and stairways and elevators, helping improve access for individuals with special needs and reduced mobility.
The ticket system will be distributed throughout the six stadium access ways, improving convenience and safety. New 110 private boxes will be built on the intermediate level of the grandstands and will have exclusive access.
The communication with the public will be more effective, 360 televisions with 42″ LCD screens and 2844 pieces of sound equipment will be installed. The security will be better too with the 360 new cameras connected to the Maracanã Stadium Control and Operation Room, allowing the security agents to monitor people’s movement and prevent incidents involving fans.
Consumption and Infrastructure
The new roof of the stadium will be formed by fastened cables and PTFE membrane, covering practically all of the stadium grandstands. With this new structure, Maracanã will collect rainwater, to reuse for bathrooms, urinals and irrigation of the game field. This measure will reduzier water consumption by 30% at the stadium.
The project also provides for the 8% reduction in electricity consumption, with highly efficient lamps, mechanical pumps and air conditioning equipment and individualized meters per system, allowing workers to monitor the full operation of the installations.
This Maracanã Online blog is a partnership work with Fim de Jogo, a blog that covers the happenings around and inside the Maracanã stadium since 2004.
Let’s see what happens!