Built in 1965 and regularly used for major international and national football matches, the Mineirão was fully refurbished for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is set in a beautiful location alongside Pampulha Lake and its surrounding monuments that were conceived by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Seating capacity: 69,900.
The Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasília is approximately one and a half hours by air from Rio. Brasília, the national capital, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring more than 100 buildings designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Built in 1974, the Mané Garrincha Stadium was fully renovated for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Seating capacity: 76,000.
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 the Amazon rainforest, which surrounds the city, making it a popular destination for eco-tourism. Seating capacity: 44,500.
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 built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the Maracanã was completely upgraded for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It will also stage the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. Seating capacity: 78,600.
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 football group-phase matches and the athletics track and field competitions.
Salvador is a two-and-a-half hour flight from Rio. Brazil’s original capital, the city is rich in culture and history, and is a major international tourist destination. Originally built in 1951, the Fonte Nova Arena was completely refurbished for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and is used by two major Brazilian football clubs, Bahia and Vitoria. Seating capacity: 50,000.
São Paulo, Brazil's largest city and financial capital, is approximately one hour by air from Rio. Sampa, as it is known locally, also boasts a richcultural life and is a renowned gastronomy centre.