Rio 2016; 2014 World Cup & Rio 2016 Stadiums

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Five World Cup Stadiums will also be used for the Olympic Football Tournament in 2016:


1. Arena Fonte Nova – Salvador

Arena Fonte Nova

Photo: LOC / FIFA

  • Constructed: 1951
  • Capacity: 51.708
  • World Cup matches: 4 group, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final


2. Estádio Nacional – Brasilia

Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

Photo: FIFA

  • Constructed: 2012
  • Capacity: 69.432
  • World Cup matches: 4 group, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final, 1 play-off for third place


3. Estádio Mineirão – Belo Horizonte

Estadio Mineirao

Photo: AFP / FIFA

  • Constructed: 1965
  • Capacity: 58.259
  • World Cup matches: 4 group, 1 round of 16, 1 semi-final


4. Arena Corinthians – Sao Paulo

Arena Corinthians

Photo: LOC / FIFA

  • Constructed: 2014
  • Capacity: 61.606
  • World Cup matches: 4 group (including the opening game), 1 round of 16, 1 semi-final


5. Estádio do Maracanã – Rio de Janeiro

Estadio Do Maracana

Photo: LOC / FIFA

  • Constructed: 1950
  • Capacity: 74.689
  • World Cup matches: 4 group, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final, final

Rio 2016; Bay ‘will not be clean for 2016’


Brazil Olympics: Rio bay ‘will not be clean for 2016’

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has said that the Brazilian city will not be able to clean the polluted bay where Olympic sailing competitions will be held before the 2016 Games.

Brazil had made a commitment to reduce pollution in the Guanabara Bay by 80%.

But Mr Paes admitted that the target would not be met.

He regretted the missed opportunity but told the AP news agency that the pollution didn’t pose a risk to the health of athletes.

Olympic sailors who visited Rio de Janeiro recently described the bay as an open sewer.


Source / Read more: BBC News

Rio 2016; Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) begins operations


Transcarioca, BRT connecting Rio’s international airport to Barra da Tijuca, begins operations

The expressway has 47 bus stations along its 39-km route leading to the heart of the Games

One of the urban transit projects most eagerly anticipated by Rio residents, the Transcarioca Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, is now ready. The expressway, which connects Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport to Barra da Tijuca, the main Games competition zone, started operating today (Monday, 2 June). It is estimated that around 320,000 people will travel along the express corridor daily, reducing bus journey times between Ilha do Governador, where the airport is located, and Barra da Tijuca by 60%.


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Tokyo 2020; smaller design released for new national stadium





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The Japan Sport Council has released a basic design proposal for the new National Stadium in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, which will serve as the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The total floor area is about 211,000 square meters, reflecting a reduction of more than 20 percent from the initial design proposal in 2012. The new proposal, released Wednesday, also gives consideration to the protection of the surrounding environment and landscape.

Under the initial proposal, construction was set to cost as much as about ¥300 billion, more than double the original estimate. The project was met with growing criticism for being too large, so parts of the stadium, including aisles, were scaled down and the cost was reduced to about ¥162.5 billion. The new stadium is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.


Source: Japan Sport (PDF)

Tokyo 1964; Goodbye to the National Stadium

31 May. 2014 – TOKYO 2020 Says “Sayonara” to the National Stadium, Looks Forward to the New Olympic Stadium

TOKYO 2020 joined by members of Japan’s sporting community and around 40,000 sport fans to say “Sayonara” to the National Stadium during a farewell ceremony to commemorate this focal point of Japanese sport on the day of its official closure for reconstruction.

TOKYO 2020 President Yoshiro Mori was among those paying their last respects to the stadium. He said: “Over the past half-century, the National Stadium has truly been a sanctum of Japanese sport. It has hosted numerous unforgettable matches and competitions, and has a special place in the hearts of people all over Japan. I have been actively involved in sport for many, many years, and as the curtain closes on this historic venue, I find myself recalling several of the memorable sporting occasions that have graced the stadium.

Source / Read more: TOKYO2020


The 1964 Olympic Stadium held its final sporting event Sunday before it’s to be demolished in July, making way for a larger stadium for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

Japan beat Hong Kong 49-8 to qualify for its eighth straight Rugby World Cup in the final event in Tokyo’s 54,000-seat stadium that opened in 1958.

Source / Read more: NBC Sports