6 curiosities of the Maracana, the most famous stadium in the world – World

1- A cement giant

Ever since it was thought, this stadium had colossal dimensions. Occupies 20 thousand square meters and, when it opened, quadrupled the capacity of all the stadiums in the city of Rio de Janeiro. At that time, it could house the 10% of the population of what was, at that time, the capital of Brazil.

2- the name

When it was inaugurated in 1950, it was baptized as Municipal Stadium of Maracaná. However, since 1964, it changed its name to Mario Son Stadium, in honor of one of the most recognized sports announcers in the city. However, the Cariocas baptized it Maracaná, the neighborhood in which it is located. The Maracana is a guacamayo color verde which is a native of the area.

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3- Construction in record time

Its construction was done after Brazil was elected headquarters of the World Cup in 1946, a year after the Second World War. The play lasted 22 months and it was erected in a wasteland area on the outskirts of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

4- Beyond football

Although this stadium was the protagonist of world football milestones -such as the “Maracanazo” and the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil-, it also received world figures from other areas such as Pope John Paul II in 1997 and artists the likes of Frank Sinatra, Madonna and the Rolling Stones.

5- National heritage

The stadium underwent two renovations. That of 2014 was the most aggressive: it was rebuilt from the foundations and only the facade that is National Heritage. In that reform he lost the upper tiers that, according to the fans, trembled every time a goal was celebrated. They were replaced by a complete stand with no blind spots.

6- Skin

In March 2021, the Legislative Assembly of the stadium of Rio de Janeiro passed a bill to rename it Skin. This generated a great controversy and repudiation on the part of the relatives of Mario Filho -announcer who gave him his current name-, historians and some sectors of the press. This caused that, finally, that bill was rejected.