Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, better known as the Maracana, provided the venue for that year’s truly memorable decider between the host nation and Uruguay, one of the most dramatic chapters in the history of the competition.

The Rio de Janeiro stadium will be in the limelight once again at Brazil 2014, hosting seven games in all, more than any other venue. Among those matches will be the Final on 13 July.

Once the largest stadium in the world, packing in crowds of up to 200,000 – among the highest attendances ever seen in the history of the game – the Maracana now has a reduced capacity of 73,531 for Brazil 2014. It remains, nevertheless, the country’s biggest football ground.

Respecting the original layout of the stadium, the project for its refurbishment included the demolition of the lower ring of seats, the construction of a new ring offering improved visibility, the expansion of the access ramps and the replacement of all seating. The stadium is also be fitted with a new roof complete with a rainwater collection system. The facade, which has been listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage, remains untouched.

Rio’s second most popular tourist attraction, the Maracana continued to attract football fans from all over the world, even as it underwent renovation. Visitors to the stadium could watch work unfold from the Torre de Vidro (Glass Tower), built especially for the occasion, and could even take a piece of the old stadium away with them as a souvenir.

Matches

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15 Jun 2014 - 19:00 Local time
15 Jun 2014
Match 11
Group F
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
15Jun
Argentina
ArgentinaARG
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBIH
19:00
18 Jun 2014 - 16:00 Local time
18 Jun 2014
Match 19
Group B
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
18Jun
Spain
SpainESP
Chile
ChileCHI
16:00
22 Jun 2014 - 13:00 Local time
22 Jun 2014
Match 31
Group H
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
22Jun
Belgium
BelgiumBEL
Russia
RussiaRUS
13:00
25 Jun 2014 - 17:00 Local time
25 Jun 2014
Match 42
Group E
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
25Jun
Ecuador
EcuadorECU
France
FranceFRA
17:00
28 Jun 2014 - 17:00 Local time
28 Jun 2014
Match 50
Round of 16
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
28Jun
[1C][1C]
[2D][2D]
17:00
04 Jul 2014 - 13:00 Local time
04 Jul 2014
Match 58
Quarter-finals
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
04Jul
[W53][W53]
[W54][W54]
13:00
13 Jul 2014 - 16:00 Local time
13 Jul 2014
Match 64
Final
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho
Rio De Janeiro
13Jul
[W61][W61]
[W62][W62]
16:00