The Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood, often simply called Barra, will be the heart of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Located in the west of the city, it is surrounded by lagoons and mountains, and boasts one of the best beaches in Rio.
The Barra zone will be home to Barra Olympic Park, the largest concentration of Games venues, plus the Riocentro exhibition centre that has four pavilions and the new Olympic Golf Course. In all, the 14 competition venues in Barra will stage 21 Olympic sport disciplines and 12 Paralympic sport disciplines (see details in the map above). The zone will also be home to the Olympic and Paralympic Village, Athletes' Park and International Broadcasting Centre-Main Press Centre complex.
Barra will benefit significantly from the Games with the construction of new sports competition and training venues, improvements in transport infrastructure (such as the extension of the city metro service to the neighbourhood, new bus rapid transit lines and road improvements) and new residential, shopping and entertainment areas. In addition, rehabilitation programmes will be implemented in the region's parks and the river networks.
A major post-Games legacy for Brazilian sports will be left in Barra in the form of the Olympic Training Centre (OTC). Dedicated to training and hosting high-performance athletes, the OTC will comprise 40,000m2 of space for 12 Olympic sports, along with specialist facilities in the areas of nutrition, physiotherapy, and sports and clinical medicine.
The Olympic Golf Course is another key legacy project. After the hosting the sport's return to the Olympic Games after a 112-year absence, the venue will be open to the public, helping to promote golf in Rio, Brazil and South America.