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Estádio do Maracanã

Maracana Stadium © Ewen Roberts
Maracana Stadium © Ewen Roberts

Proudly hosting the opening and closing matches of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games ceremonies, and still the largest soccer stadium on the continent, Rio's Maracana has seen many records set.

The stadium currently hosts local soccer league games, and is the home of the Brazilian soccer team. But with a capacity of more than 78,000, the Maracana is more than able to host international acts visiting Brazil as a performance venue, with Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney among the big names who have played here. Inside the grounds is a Hall of Fame honouring soccer greats such as Pele, Roberto Dinamite, Romário, Valdo, and Bebeto, all of whom have been honoured by having their footprints cast in the sidewalk. A guided tour takes visitors through the hall, where they can enjoy a display of historical photographs and a great panoramic view of the city, among other things.

Address: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 - Maracanã

Website: www.maracana.com

Opening times: Open daily, from 9am to 5pm

Admission: Basic tour costs BRL 36 (Monday to Thursday), or BRL 40 (Friday to Sunday)