Built in 1965, the Mineirão was fully refurbished for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it staged six games. Used by the two main clubs in Belo Horizonte, Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro, the stadium is set in a beautiful location alongside Pampulha Lake and its surrounding monuments that were conceived by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Belo Horizonte is approximately one hour by air from Rio. Seating capacity: 69,900.
Built in 1974, the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasília was fully renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it staged seven games. Brasília, the national capital, is approximately one and a half hours by air from Rio. The city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring more than 100 buildings designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Seating capacity: 76,000.
The Amazônia Arena was built in the city of Manaus for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, during which it hosted four matches. Its design was inspired by the Amazon rainforest, which surrounds the city, making it a popular destination for eco-tourism. Manaus is about four hours by air from Rio. Seating capacity: 45,597.
The iconic Maracanã, one of the most famous stadiums in the world, will stage the decisive matches of the Rio 2016 Olympic football competitions – including the men’s and women’s finals. Originally constructed for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the Maracanã was completely upgraded for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it hosted seven matches, including the final. It will also stage the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. Seating capacity: 78,000.
Constructed for the 2007 Pan-American Games, and currently the home of Botafogo Football Club, the stadium’s capacity will be temporarily increased from 45,000 to 60,000 for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, when it will stage group-phase football matches and the athletics track and field competitions.
Built in 1951, the Fonte Nova Arena was completely refurbished for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it staged six games. The stadium is also regularly used by major local clubs Bahia and Vitória. Brazil’s first capital, Salvador is rich in culture and history, and is a major international tourist destination. It is approximately two and a half hours by air from Rio. Seating capacity: 50,000.
Itaquera Arena, the home of Corinthians Football Club, was opened shortly before the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when it staged six games, including the opening match. It is situated in the east of the São Paulo, Brazil's largest city and financial capital. Less than one hour by air from Rio, ‘Sampa’ (as it is known locally) also boasts a rich cultural life and is a renowned gastronomy centre. Seating capacity: 48,000.