The Maracanã Zone is in the northern part of of Rio, close to the city centre. It includes two of Rio's most famous landmarks: the Maracanã stadium, which will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and football matches, and Sambódromo, the home of the carnival parade that will host the Olympic marathon and Olympic and Paralympic archery events.
The Olympic Stadium, built for the 2007 Pan-American Games and known locally as the 'Engenhão' (after the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood in which it is located) will stage the athletics track and field events during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, plus group-phase Olympic football matches.
The zone's five venues will stage five Olympic sports and two Paralympic sports in 2016 (see the map above for complete details).
While the Maracanã and Sambódromo have already been renovated, the zone is also witnessing big changes in the port region, where a major urban revitalisation project is underway. The project – which is breathing new life into an important historical part of the city that had become neglected – was stuck on the drawing boards for decades until the Rio 2016 Games provided fresh inspiration for its realisation.