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Maracanã Stadium

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

No arena is more central to the history of Brazilian soccer than Maracanã Stadium. The location of the final matches in both of Brazil’s FIFA World Cups, this stadium has hosted all the great names in Brazilian soccer. Watch one of Rio de Janeiro’s “Big Four” teams play a game, or take a guided tour of this iconic stadium and you’ll soon understand just how large soccer looms in the Brazilian psyche.

Maracanã Stadium was built to serve as the main venue for Brazil’s 1950 FIFA World Cup. Upon the stadium’s completion, it featured the largest seating capacity of any soccer stadium in the world. During the final game of the World Cup between Brazil and Uruguay, more than 200,000 people packed into the stadium, the largest audience in world soccer history. Brazil ended up losing the game, which caused such sadness amongst the Brazilian spectators that two people leapt off the stands.

Since 1950, Maracanã has been significantly refurbished to serve as the main venue of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup. Today, it is a massive open-air arena that seats almost 80,000. Catch a home game and join thousands of passionate fans as they cheer on one of Rio de Janeiro’s four main teams: Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, Flamengo and Botafogo.

Take a tour of the stadium and learn about some of the biggest players in Brazilian soccer history, including Zico, Garrincha, Romario and Pele. Admire the dramatic statue of Zico and a cement cast of Garrincha’s footprints along the tour. The tour also features a walk through the stadium’s bleachers, one of its VIP lounges and its locker rooms. Tours are offered on the hour every day from Monday through Saturday, and you must buy a ticket to join one. The tour starts with a visit to the small gift shop that sells Brazilian soccer memorabilia. Pick up a jersey or commemorative ball to take home with you.

Macaranã Stadium is located in the neighborhood of Macaranã, which lies just west of the city center. A metro station is near the stadium and buses from downtown Rio stop nearby.

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Arena Maracanã Hostel ¥3,984
Arena Maracanã Hostel

Arena Maracanã Hostel

Avenida Paula Sousa, 64, Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta da Boa Vista and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. Rio de Janeiro Sao Cristovao Station is 8 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Maracana Station is 9 minutes.

    Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel
    Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel

    Maracanã Hostel Vila Isabel

    Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, 16, Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Maracana Station is 13 minutes by foot and St. Francis Xavier Station is 14 minutes.

      Hostel Varandas do Maracanã ¥1,668
      Hostel Varandas do Maracanã

      Hostel Varandas do Maracanã

      R. Prof. Euríco Rabêlo 125, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Maracana Station is 10 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Maracana Station is 9 minutes.

        Quintal do Maracana Hostel
        Quintal do Maracana Hostel

        Quintal do Maracana Hostel

        Rua Visconde de Itamarati, 25, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Maracana Station is 13 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Maracana Station is 13 minutes.

          OYO Hotel Villa Tijuca ¥3,372
          OYO Hotel Villa Tijuca

          OYO Hotel Villa Tijuca

          Rua Haddock Lobo, 326, Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Maracana Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sambodrome and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Arcos da Lapa and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) are also within 3 mi (5 km). Afonso Pena Station is only a 4-minute walk and St. Francis Xavier Station is 10 minutes.

            Gallant Hotel ¥3,747
            Gallant Hotel

            Gallant Hotel

            Rua Joaquim Palhares, 411, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of RioZoo and Sambodrome. Maracana Stadium and Arcos da Lapa are also within 3 mi (5 km). Estacio Station is 6 minutes by foot and Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station is 6 minutes.

              Maraca Hostel ¥2,490
              Maraca Hostel

              Maraca Hostel

              Rua Ribeiro Guimarães. 367 - Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Norte, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Tijuca and Maracana Stadium. Sambodrome is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away. Saens Pena Station is 11 minutes by foot and Maracana Station is 16 minutes.

                Saionara Hotel ¥4,557
                Saionara Hotel

                Saionara Hotel

                Rua do Matoso, 11, Praça da Bandeira, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zona Norte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quinta da Boa Vista, Maracana Stadium, and Sambodrome. Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and New Town Station is 11 minutes.