The Maracanã is a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium is part of a complex that includes an arena known by the name of Maracanãzinho, which means “The Little Maracanã” in Portuguese. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro state government, it is, as is the Maracanã neighborhood where it is located, named after the Rio Maracanã, a now canalized river in Rio de Janeiro.
The stadium was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil was beaten 2–1 by Uruguay in the deciding game, in front of no less than 199.854 spectators on 16.July.1950. The venue has seen attendances of 150.000 or more at 26 occasions, the last “+150.000 attendance game” was at 29.May.1983, as 155.253 spectators watched Flamengo beat Santos, 3-0. At no less than 284 times have crowds of 100.000 or more watched football here. But as terraced sections have been replaced with seats over time, and after the more or less total renovation for the FIFA World Cup 2014, its original capacity has been reduced to the current 78.838.
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