Maracana Stadium is one of the most famous soccer and football arena on earth and one of the Rio attractions. In the year of 2012 it is being renovated, and it will have its appearance drastically changed as a preparation to receive the final match of 2014 World Cup.
About the stadim and its history
Maracanã It was built in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup of the same year, and designed to hold 166,369 spectators. Currently, after reforms, it can hold up to 114,145.
At the World Cup final of 1950 and Pelé´s last game It is estimated that there was about 200,000 squeezed fans.
If you want to experience Maracanã, go see a football game of the premier league between of one of the Rio´s big four clubs, such as Botafogo, Fluminense, Flamengo and Vasco.
Inside the stadium there is a museum that is open during weekdays. In it are photos, cups and uniforms of Brazilian sporting greats. There are store as well where you can bay soccer shirts. Maracanã has also a Hall of Hame and Sidewalk of Fame.
Besides soccer teams, great bands and singers have performed there such as Frank Sinatra, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Sting and The Police.
Paul MacCarthney entered the book of records in 1991 as having the largest audience in history, up to that time, for a solo presentation.
Rock in Rio Festival, 1992 took place there and bands such Guns and Roses, J.Priest and lots of names was there.
The Pope Pope John Paul celebrated open air mass in 1980 and the Meeting with Families in 1997.
The Maracanã sports complex, includes Maracanãzinho, a smaller stadium where basket and volley ball competitions, and musical shows take place. Deep Purple, Genisis, Rick Waman, Vennon, Iron Maiden and lots of National and International artistis have performed there.
Olimpic pools with stands are parte of the sport complex as well.