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The mighty Maracana is arguably the world's most famous soccer stadium and, while it is no longer the largest in the world, its 78,000 capacity means it is still a giant among sports arenas. The... Read More
The mighty Maracana is arguably the world's most famous soccer stadium and, while it is no longer the largest in the world, its 78,000 capacity means it is still a giant among sports arenas. The stadium, whose official title is Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, is known by the Maracana neighborhood in which it is located, and the drama on the pitch is matched by the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains. While new safety regulations have called for an end to the firecrackers that were once a part of the Brazilian soccer game experience, spectators can still expect frenetic drumming, chanting and general exuberance. For those lucky enough to be in Rio for the FIFA World Cup 2014 games here will doubtless be unforgettable.
- Holiday Attractions: "Don't wear club colors here on big match days, the rivalry between Brazilian teams is extremely fierce."
- Best Attractions & Activities, Sightseeing, Family-Friendly Museums, Museums: "Don't wear club colors here on match days, the rivalry between Brazilian teams is fierce to say the least."
- Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Big ticket games often take place on public holidays, and the atmosphere for these matches is always electric.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Maracana is a legendary soccer stadium, and received a huge revamp ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Maracana is a legend among soccer stadiums, take a tour here or soak up the atmosphere at a game.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: The soccer museum at Maracana Stadium will wow sports-loving kids and teens.
- Best for Museums Because: Soccer fans can make behind-the-scenes visits to the legendary stadium and take a peek at memorabilia from Brazilian sports history.