The Largest Stadium in the World
The Maracana in Rio stands among some of the most legendary stadiums of the world. It's known as the heart for Brazilian football and it has seen everything: the World Cup final, the Pan American games, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and many occasions where over 180,000 people attended. Once known for seating almost 200,000 people, the Maracana is now closed for development in order to prepare for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
A good thing, too, since the stadium, open since 1950, was really starting to show its age, culminating in the 1992 partial collapse of the stadium that killed three supporters and injured 50 others. This lead to a redesign of the stadium, converting it to an all-around seater stadium and allowing housing to only about 80,000 people, a fraction of what it used to be.
Click here for a look at the Maracana's history.
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