Maracana Stadium is an open-air stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Located in the Maracana neighborhood, named after Rio Maracana, opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, it has since been used for football matches among major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Botafogo, Flamingo, Fluminense, Vasco Da Gama. She also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events.
Although the paid attendance at the 1950 FIFA World Cup final was 199,854 (the world’s largest stadium in terms of capacity when it was opened), the stadium currently has 78,838 spectators, making it the largest stadium in Brazil and South America. It was the main venue for Pan Games in America in 2007, hosting the FIFA World Cup and opening and closing ceremonies.
Maracana was partially rebuilt in preparation for the Confederations Cup FIFA 2013, And the 2014 World Cup, which will be the first one held in Brazil since 1950, as well as the 2016 Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games.
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