The stadium in Rio was originally built for the 1950 Fifa World Cup. The stadium is better known as the Maracana and once was the largest in the world with a capacity of 200,000. It is the second most popular tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro. Before the 2014 World Cup, refurbishments to the Maracana include expanded access ramps, a new roof and the replacement of all seating. There is a large train station behind the stadium which will be the main way to get to and from matches.
Estadio Mane Garrincha was essentially demolished to build a new stadium. A new facade, metal roof, stands and lowered pitch are due for completion in about six months. Estadio Nacional will host the Opening Match at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and seven games at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Brazil will play here on June 23. #brazil #stadiums
Built in 1973 the Estadio Castelao is undergoing a renovation that will have it ready to host matches at both the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. In addition to a new roof there will be underground parking for 4,200 cars. Four bus lanes and two metro stations are also being added for improved access to the stadium. Getting to the stadium from the car parks was the biggest problem in South Africa. It seems Brazil does not want to repeat this mistake.