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What are the Biggest Football Stadiums in Rio?

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Brasil is well-known for having a larger number of big football stadiums than almost any other country in the world. The biggest football stadium in Brasil is the iconic Maracanã, which is home to Flamengo and Fluminense.

It has a 78,838 seating capacity, and it’s based in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil’s second-biggest city by population. The question being asked here is, what are the biggest football stadiums in the state of Rio de Janeiro? Find out more right here.

What are the biggest football stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil?

Rio de Janeiro is a Brasilian state situated in the southeastern part of the country. It borders São Paulo to the southwest, Minas Gerais to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Espírito Santo to the north. Just like New York City is the capital city in the state of New York, the city of Rio is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The biggest football stadium, as mentioned, is the Maracanã, where the home games are played by two teams that both play in the top tier of men’s professional football in Brasil – the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. The two teams that call this stadium home are Flamengo and Fluminense. If you happen to be looking for the latest Brasil football betting odds, one of the top sites you can turn to is the official Mr Green sportsbook.

As well as betting markets for the top-flight of Brasilian football, you can also find markets for La Liga, the Premier League, the Bundesliga, and Serie A, to name just a few.

Apart from the Maracanã, some of the other biggest football stadiums in the state of Rio de Janeiro are the following:

  • Nilton Santos – capacity: 45,000 and home to the Botafogo football team. This stadium is the 15th biggest in the country
  • São Januário – capacity: 24,584 and home to Vasco da Gama. This stadium is the 40th biggest in the country
  • Raulino de Oliveira – capacity: 20,255 and home to Volta Redonda. This stadium is the 54th biggest in the country
  • Ítalo del Cima – capacity: 18,000 and home to Campo Grande. This stadium is the 73rd biggest in the country

Honorable mentions

The following stadiums are also based in the state of Rio de Janeiro. However, they are much smaller in comparison to the ones mentioned above and are homes to lower-league teams.

They include the Moacyrzão (15,000-capacity, home to Macaé football club), the Giulite Coutinho (13,544-capacity), home to America-RJ, and the Cai Martins stadium (15,000-capacity stadium).

What are the biggest stadiums outside of Rio de Janeiro?

If you’re looking for more big stadiums to watch a football match the next time you are in Brasil, then you may want to start by visiting some of the following locations.

You have the Morumbi (77,011) in São Paulo, which is home to the São Paulo football club. The biggest stadium in Brasília, in the Federal District, is the Mané Garrincha (72,788), which is home to the Brasília football club. The Arena Castelão (63,903) in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceará, is home to the Ceará and Fortaleza football clubs.

If that’s not enough to keep you going and want more places to visit, there’s also the Mineirão (61,846) in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais, which is home to the Atlético-MG, and Cruzeiro football clubs.

Finally, don’t forget to visit the Arruda stadium (60,044) in Recife, in the state of Pernambuco, which is home to Santa Cruz. The Parque do Sabiá (56,450), is in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, is home to the Uberlândia football club, and the Arena do Grêmio (55,662), which is in Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, is home to the Grêmio.

Other notable mentions with anywhere from 44,000 to 53,000 seating capacity in Brasil are the Albertão, the Beira-Rio, the Arena Fonte Nova, the Neo Química Arena, the Prudentão, and the Mangueirão, to name just a few.

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