Thirty-eight per cent of Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games competition venues ready

Of the 29 permanent venues that will be used, 11 are already operational and do not need to be renovated for the Games

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Rio Olympic Arena staged the first NBA match to be played in Brazil in October 2013  (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)
Rio Olympic Arena staged the first NBA match to be played in Brazil in October 2013 (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

With more than two years to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, 38 per cent of the competition venues are ready for the event. Of the 29 permanent venues, 11 are operational, while eight require some renovation work and the other 10 will form part of the sporting legacy that is being constructed in the city. Eight temporary venues will also be used to host competitions.

Construction progress can be seen in the four Rio 2016 competition zones. While work on the Barra Olympic Park advances, with the conclusion of the foundations of Olympic Halls 1, 2 and 3, the Olympic Golf Course site is being irrigated in order to allow grass planting to begin.

At Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the venue for rowing and canoe sprint, depth studies have been completed, while at Flamengo Park, the design of the integrated route for the athletics, road cycling and paracycling courses has started.

“We are advancing in the construction of competition venues for the Rio 2016 Games, with all of the basic and executive projects concluded or in the conclusion phase, and with foundation works in full flow. Even though they may not be highly visible, the preparative groundwork and foundation construction, that occurs underground, are extremely important for the final structure and often account for 20 per cent of the total volume of construction,” said Alexandre Techima, the Rio 2016 Infrastructure Integration Director.

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The National Equestrian Centre, at the Deodoro Olympic Park, will be renovated for Rio 2016 (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)

In Deodoro, the tender process for the Games’ second largest venue cluster is underway, with construction scheduled to start in the second half of the year. Three existing competition venues– the National Shooting Centre, National Equestrian Centre and Modern Pentathlon Aquatics Centre – will be renovated, four new venues will become part of the important sporting legacy the Games will leave to the city, and two temporary venues will also be installed. At the same time, the legendary Maracanã Stadium is ready to stage matches at the FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next month.

See the table below for the construction status of each of the Rio 2016 competition venues:

BARRARio Olympic Arena

Riocentro – Pavilion 2

Riocentro – Pavilion 3

Riocentro – Pavilion 4
Maria Lenk Aquatic CentreOlympic Golf Course

Olympic Tennis Centre

Olympic Hall 1

Olympic Hall 2

Olympic Hall 3

Rio Olympic Velodrome
Olympic Aquatics Stadium

Olympic Hall 4

Riocentro – Pavilion 6
COPACABANA-Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Marina da Glória
-Copacabana Stadium

Fort Copacabana

Flamengo Park
DEODORO-Modern Pentathlon Aquatics Centre

National Equestrian Centre

National Shooting Centre
Deodoro Arena

Olympic Hockey Centre

Olympic BMX Centre

Olympic Whitewater Stadium
Rugby and Modern Pentathlon Arena

Olympic Mountain Bike Park

Maracanã Stadium

Maracanãzinho Arena
João Havelange Olympic Stadium

Julio de Lamare Aquatic Park
FOOTBALL CITIESFonte Nova Stadium (Salvador)

Mané Garrincha National Stadium (Brasília)

Mineirão Stadium (Belo Horizonte)

São Paulo Stadium


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