Insider's Guide to Rio de Janeiro

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  • Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo
  • Hours: Museum open daily 9am - 5pm, except on game days. Closed for renovations until 2012
  • Admission: Museum: R$3. Check ticket booth for seat prices on game days

The gigantic Maracanã Stadium was built to open the 1950 World Cup.  It holds the record for the largest attendance at a World cup final as 199,854 paying spectators crammed into the stadium and many more besides.

If you’re after the intense Brazilian football experience complete with the drums, flares, and chanting, then get to a game; otherwise the sports museum inside the stadium with photographs, cups, and Pele’s famous no. 10 jersey is a more sedate experience (enter at Gate 18).

Its official name is 'Mário Filho Stadium' but it's called 'Maracanã' after the small river that runs alongside. In the 1990s it was modified to become an all-seated stadium and now holds under 100,000.

The four main teams of the city play here and it will host the opening of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies. It is being renovated for these events (scheduled to reopen in 2012) and will finally hold around 103,000 spectators.

Practical Info

The metro will take you to Estacio Maracanã where it is only a short walk to the stadium. At night a taxi might be a safer option. It’s a good idea not to wear your football colors on public transportation.

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Rio de Janeiro Soccer Match

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

If you love football, you won't want to miss the chance to see a soccer match in Rio de Janeiro! Come watch one of Brazil's passions and watch the best teams ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Maracana Stadium Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Access

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Whether you call the sport soccer or futebol, make your pilgrimage to Maracanã Stadium, hallowed ground for the game. On this 3.5-hour guided tour, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $41.99

Small-Group Maracanã Stadium Tour: Behind-the-Scenes Access

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Imagine Pele’s 1,000th goal where it actually happened — at Maracanã Stadium. During this 4-hour small-group tour of the iconic soccer temple, revel ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.99

Private Tour: Complete Rio de Janeiro Football Experience with a Professional Photographer

This is the ultimate tour for football lovers! You'll visit the famous Maracanã Stadium and one of the clubs of the legendary teams of Rio de Janeiro - ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

Skip the line: Visit the Maracanã Stadium and assist to a Flamengo Soccer Game

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Our tour departs with a full visit at the Maracanã Stadium and afterwards you will be driven to assist a great classic Flamengo soccer game.

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $150.00

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