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 renovation, Maracanã held the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan-American Games of 2007. And now as Brazil is holding the 2014 World Cup, the stadium will host games throughout the competition and most importantly the final match of this year World Cup. Maracanã is also expected to host the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 2016.

 

News after the Renovation

Bleachers and comfort

The new arena has a capacity for 78,8 thousand people, the new infrastructure has 4 big screens ,230 bathrooms,60 bars and cafeterias. All in FIFA standards.

The stadium received new and special colors in the bleachers. Different tones of blue, yellow and white. The coverage above protects 90% of the seats and the stands have a inclination which provides a good visibility of the field in every seat. Furthermore, Maracanã will offer 90 seats for individuals with special needs, 85 of those are destined for obese and people with reduced mobility.

 

Access, communication and security.

In addition to two existing ramps, four new were constructed to improve access for individuals with special needs and reduced mobility. Four access tours, new elevator and stairways where also built. The ticket system will be distributed throughout the six stadium access ways, improving convenience and safety.

New 110 private booths were built on the intermediate level of the grandstands and have exclusive access. The communication with the public will be more effective, 360 televisions with 42″ LCD screens and 2844 pieces of sound equipment were 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.

 

Consumption and Infrastructure.

The new roof of the stadium was constructed with fastened cables and PTFE membrane, covering practically all of the stadium bleachers. With this new structure Maracanã will gather rain water, to reuse for bathrooms, urinal and irrigation of the game fields. This measure will reduce water consumption by 30%.

Maracanã stadium is very interested in sustainable measures and already has a new energy production mode. Maracanã Solar, a cutting edge system of generating and using solar energy. Another sustainable initiative of the main stage of world futebol.

The Maracanã Online blog is a partnership work with Fim de Jogo, a blog that covers every happening around and inside the Maracanã stadium since 2004.