Many fans have witnessed many historic sports moments at this stadium that hosted the 1950 World Cup and was the venue where the soccer star Pelé scored his 1,000th goal. Now seating 78,838 fans after a major makeover in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the stadium is officially called Estádio Mário Filho, after a famous journalist, but it's best known as Maracanã, the name of the surrounding neighborhood and a nearby river. The smaller 17,000-seat arena in the same complex has hosted Madonna, Paul McCartney, and Pope John Paul II. Guided stadium tours are available.
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