The Maracanã Zone includes two of Rio´s most famous sights: the Maracanã Stadium and the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), in addition to the João Havelange Olympic Stadium, built for the Rio 2007 Pan American and Parapan Games. The "Engenhão,” nicknamed for the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood in which it is located, currently hosts the most important matches between Rio’s football clubs.
The zone is part of the Zona Norte, northern area, and is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro close to the City Centre. Daily, hundreds of people visit the Maracanã complex where they take advantage of its spaces for physical exercise such as walking and jogging.
The Maracanã Stadium will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, as well as some Football matches. The Maracanãzinho Gymnasium will host the Volleyball competitions. The Athletics (Marathon) and Archery competitions will take place in the Sambadrome. The João Havelange Stadium will be home to Athletics (track and field). The Maracanã Zone will also host Archery and Athletics (track and field) competitions during the Paralympic Games as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Aside from some icons of the city of Rio de Janeiro, like the Maracanã Stadium and Sambadrome, the zone is home to the Port of Rio, part of a major city revitalization project. This area will be given priority by the Federal and Municipal governments for investment and will be an important long term legacy from the Games.