Maracanã almost ready for business and the World Cup


The final touches are taking place at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro so that it can be ready to host its first matches since it closed its doors after a game between Flamengo and Santos on 5 September 2010.

The first game after 912 days, is expected to take place on 27 April 2013 between two teams made up of the friends of Brazilian World Cup legends Ronaldo and Bebeto.

The first official game at the “new” stadium, and the first the general public will be allowed to attend, will be on 2 June when Brazil takes on England.

The capacity of the “new” Maracanã, which is scheduled to host three Confederations Cup matches in June, including the final on 30 June, will be 78,639. The stadium is set to host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup in 2014, including the final. It will also host the opening and closing ceremonies during the 2016 Olympic Games.