Soccer

Estádio Maracanã. The vast stadium is nothing short of legendary, and watching a soccer game here is a must if the season (from mid-January to November) is in swing. As entertaining as some of the games are the obsessive supporters, devoted to their team colors but not afraid to trash their own players, the opposition, other fans, and of course the referee. The huge flags and fireworks are always spectacular. Tickets are available in advance and often on game day from the stadium ticket office. The branco or white section of the archibancado, or upper tier, is the safest option for the neutral fan. Expect to pay around R$35 for a ticket there, and arrive in good time to grab the best seats and soak up the atmosphere. Major refurbishments were made to prepare the 78,838-seat stadium for the FIFA 2014 World Cup, and the stadium will also host decisive soccer matches—including the final—of the 2016 Rio Olympics. On non–match days visitors can take tours of the stadium. Rua Prof. Eurico Rabelo s/n, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, 20271–150. 0800/062–7222; www.maracana.com/site. From R$35.

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