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World Cup 2014 Stadium Profile: Maracana

World Cup 2014 Stadium Profile: Maracana

Getty takes a look at the Maracana, just one of the venues in Brazil that will showcase the stars of the 2014 World Cup

Opened: 1950
Official capacity: 79,000
Highest attendance: 199,854
Brazil v Uruguay, Jul 1950

The Maracana is one of the most recognisable football grounds in the world

World Cup 2014 Matches

Jun 15: Group F1 vs Group F2, 21:00
Jun 18: Group B1 vs Group B3, 23:00
Jun 22: Group H1 vs Group H3, 23:00
Jun 25: Group E2 vs Group E3, 21:00
Jun 28: Winner of Group C vs Runner-up of Group D, round of 16, 21:00
July 4: Quarter-finals, 17:00
July 13: Final, 20:00
*times in CET


The Maracana is located in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood after which it is named.


For the 2014 World Cup, a major reconstruction project is underway that involves an expansion of the stadium's roof, which will cover all seats inside the stadium. In addition, the stadium will return to its original grey tone. The original seating bowl in the stadium, which is currently two-tier will also be replaced, with new executive boxes being fitted.

Completion Date

February 2013

Famous Matches

1950 World Cup final:
Brazil 1-2 Uruguay (16/7/1950)

Pele's 1000th goal (Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa):

Vasco 1-2 Santos (19/11/1969)

Copa Libertadores finals:

Santos 3-2 Boca Juniors (4/9/1963)
Flamengo 2-1 Cobreloa (13/11/1981)
Fluminense 3-1 LDU/EQU (2/7/2008)

1989 Copa America final:

Brazil 1-0 Uruguay (16/7/1989)

Did You Know?

The Maracana still holds the record for the highest-ever football stadium attendance, when 199,854 were present to see Brazil beat Uruguay in the 1950 World Cup final.

The stadium will also be used for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics

Flamengo and Fluminense play their home fixtures at the arena

The World Cup 2014 final will be held at the Maracana on July 13