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Rio Olympics 2016: 5 venues you need to know about

We will be fortunate to view some of the best venues at Rio 2016.

Amidst all the reports of the crisis that Brazil is facing due to the organising of the Olympic Games, there are also some positives that will be benefitting the city of Rio De Janeiro. Rio was chosen as the host for the 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games on 2 October, 2009.

The Games will take place starting from 5 August to 21 August at a total of 32 venues across the city of Rio and there will also be five other cities who will co-host the football matches along with Rio – Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo.

Rio will become the first South American city to host the Olympic Games. The Games have been surrounded with controversy over the delay in construction of the venues, Brazil facing financial instability, political breakdown in the country, and the outbreak of the Zika virus.

But with just four weeks to go for the opening ceremony, the venues look set to give the athletes and the viewers an event to remember. 

We take a look at the key venues:


#1 Maracana Stadium

The Maracana hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina

Capacity: Approximately 74,000.

Events hosting: Opening ceremony, football and closing ceremony.

Facts:

- It was built in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and hosted the final where the hosts lost 2-1 to Uruguay.

- It holds the record for the world’s largest stadium when it had an attendance of 1,99,854 in the 1950 FIFA World Cup final.

- It was renovated in 2013 for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the capacity was reduced to 78,639.

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