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Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha

A stunning landmark in a horizon famous for architectural masterpieces designed by famous architect Oscar Niemeyer. Man Garrincha National Stadium, in the city’s central area,, became the country’s second largest soccer and multi purpose arena when it reopened on May 18, 2013. Only the Maracan is larger.

More than 1M spectators have been to the arena since it was reopened in May 2013, according to the official site.

The latest report also says that Man Garrincha broke a record for the tournament, with an attendance of 69,112 on June 25 for the Brazil v. Cameroon match.

Neymar reached a milestone on that same day, as the top scorer in the World Cup and in the new The 100th goal in the tournament was scored by the star on the 100th game played by the Brazilian national team in the history of FIFA World Cups. Brazil has accumulated 13 goals at the stadium since its reopening.

Named after soccer star Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known as Man Garrincha (1933 1983), the stadium with 288 columns standing at a height of 36 meters each and covered seats in shades of red is part of the Ayrton Senna sports complex, which includes a racetrack.

Among the arena’s features are 8,000 parking spaces, more than 2,800 press seats, over 70 suites, space for 56 eateries, a convention center and a cinema.

The state of the art roof is covered by a self cleaning membrane which is fire resistant and reflects UV rays. It allows for the collection of rainwater, which, filtered and treated, can be used in the stadium’s toilets and in the watering of the Bermuda grass on the pitch.

The original arena, first opened in 1975, was torn down and rebuilt. All the demolition material was recycled, either for use in the construction of the new arena or by local recycling cooperatives.

A Travel Guide to Brazil for World Cup Visitors

A Travel Guide to Brazil for World Cup Visitors

Learn what it is like in Brazil so your trip to the World Cup is safe and enjoyable. Find out the local customs, what food you will be eating and how to get around. Taxi drivers know all the short cuts but watch out for taxi scams at the airport. Always catch a moving taxi, not a parked one and know the address you are going to, Make sure they use the meter and you know what the charges are. Taxi drivers in Rio can normally be trusted, but stay alert.

You probably should not rent a car and drive in the city, especially if it is your first trip there. Tourist vans can be good and the subways are nice, but have limited coverage. There is much African and European influences that can vary considerably in the different areas. Feijoada is considered the national dish of Brazil.

For those not that adventurous many restaurants offer food that is similar to what you are use to. Since you are there you may as well try some of the traditional dishes of the different regions. You might find something you think is really wonderful and much different than anything you ever had. They are use to more touching and move into closer proximity than you may be use to.

When talking to or being approached by a native Brazilian you should give into their way of doing things. If you try to do things the way it is done in America they may get slightly insulted or at least not like you. So do not back away and make eye contact when appropriate. The more you know about Rio de Janeiro the better your experience will be. This travel guide should help you have a safer and more enjoyable trip with some great memories to take back home.

Published by David Bryan Bolick

David worked at several major corporations and as an electronics consultant for many years. He has articles published in alternative energy, automotive, business finance, gardening, television, pets, food. View profile

France vs. USA Results in Great World Cup QualifierIt was Mexico vs USA in a World Cup qualifying match on August 12th, 2009 hosted in Mexico City, Mexico at Azteca Stadium. The match was the sixth 2010 World Cup qualifying mat.2010 Fifa World Cup South AfricaWith South Africa chosen as hosts for Fifa World Cup 2010 and Brazil set for 2014, all eyes are focused on the bids for 2018 and 2022. FIFA Awards World Cup TournamentsFIFA announced Tuesday the countries to host the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2014 Men’s World Cup. The 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup will be held in Germany. nuez 6/10/2014There has been some negative media commentary about Brazil dressing up for the big event, while covering up the existence of its ghettos. I would guess that every city in the world has something to hide.

It good to know something of culture, customs, and people who are different from our usual encounters otherwise, one is a stranger in a strange land.

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