Rio 2016 Olympics, starting August 5, will be played across 33 venues and in six cities of Brazil – host city Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia and Manaus. The event will featured 28 sports with 41 disciplines involved.
18 of these venues will be existing ones with most of them built for the 2007 Pan American Games, nine have been constructed for the purpose of South America’s first ever Olympics and seven temporary venues have been created for the event which concludes on August 21. Some of the venues will be used in the future for practicing for Brazilian athletes with some to be converted into schools.

Maracana Stadium – for football, opening and closing ceremony – is the largest venue at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a seating capacity of over 74,000.

Sporting acitivities in Rio have been segragated into four clusters in different parts of city – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracana.

The Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca – western part of Rio – will play host to nine events and form the crux of all the activity that will take place in the Summer Olympics.

The nine venues to be used in the Olympic Park are:Carioca Arena 1: basketball; Carioca Arena 2: wrestling, judo; Carioca Arena 3: fencing, taekwondo; 4 Future Arena: handball; 5 Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre: diving, synchronised swimming, water polo; 6 Olympic Aquatics Stadium: swimming, water polo play-offs; 7 Olympic Tennis Centre: tennis; 8 Rio Olympic Arena: gymnastics; and 9 Rio Olympic Velodrome: track cycling.


  • Maracana


    This legendary stadium has hosted football World Cup finals (1950 and 2014) and will stage decisive matches for the Rio Olympics too (including semi-finals and finals). Other than that, the stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies - the key moments of a sporting extravaganza such as the Olympics.

  • Rio Olympic Arena

    Rio Olympic Arena

    This 12,000-seater venue is one of the numerous competition venues for the Olympics. The structure was built for the 2007 Pan American Games and will be used for Gymnastics events.

  • Pontal


    Pontal will act as a temporary facility built on the coast in Rio de Janeiroǯs western zone. It will be used for road cycling time trials and walking competition.

  • Olympic Stadium

    Olympic Stadium

    The Olympic Stadium goes by numerous names such as Estádio Olímpico João Havelange (in Portuguese), Engenhão (referring to the location of the stadium) or Estádio Nilton Santos (in honour of a legendary Brazilian defender Nilton Santos). The stadium will be used for football games and athletics. Like Rio Olympic Arena, this stadium was also built for 2007 Pan American Games.

  • Riocentro - Pavilion 4

    Riocentro - Pavilion 4

    The Riocentro is the largest exhibition centre in Latin America and was built in 1977. It measures 23,000 sq metres and with a modern air conditioning system, it will be used for badminton events. It has a capacity of 6,500.

  • Carioca Arena 1

    Carioca Arena 1

    This venue in the western zone of Rio de Janeiro will host basketball matches at the Olympics. Later it will be used for wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby events at the Paralympics. Much like other venues, this 38,000 sq metre facility will be part of the Olympic Training Centre.

  • Youth Arena

    Youth Arena

    In one of the busiest sections of the city, Youth Arena is an indoor arena in Deodoro that will play host to fencing matches in the Modern Pentathlon category. Women’s basketball matches will also be played at this 5,000-capacity structure.

  • Beach Volleyball Arena

    Beach Volleyball Arena

    A temporary structure built on the popular Copacabana beach will be used for beach volleyball event at the Olympics. The venue itself sports a main court for competitive matches, five training courts and two warm up courts.

  • Riocentro - Pavilion 6

    Riocentro - Pavilion 6

    World’s best pugilists will compete at the Riocentre – Pavillion 6 in the Barra de Tijuca region of Rio. The 7,500 sq metre venue was unveiled in May and will also be used for sitting volleyball during the Paralympics.

  • Whitewater Stadium

    Whitewater Stadium

    Olympic Whitewater stadium is a canoeing and kayaking venue containing 25 million litres of water in its two canoe slalom courses: 250 metre one for competitions and 200-metre one for training.

  • Lagoa Stadium

    Lagoa Stadium

    Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is located in the southern zone of Rio de Janeiro and will stage the rowing and canoe sprint events. For this purpose, the Lagoa Stadium received a new arrival tower and Olympic standard lanes.

  • Olympic BMX Centre

    Olympic BMX Centre

    Olympic BMX Centre is a newly constructed venue to be used for BMX Cycling events. The venue is 4000 square metres in size and has a 400 metre dirt track full of ramps and sharp turns.

  • Olympic Mountain Bike Park

    Olympic Mountain Bike Park

    The Mountain Bike Centre is a 5,400 metre long track that consists of steep slopes and natural obstacles like rocks for mountain biking event.

  • Fort Copacabana

    Fort Copacabana

    One end of the Copacabana beach will be used for open air events such as the starting points for road cycling, marathon swimming and triathlon.

  • Rio Olympic Velodrome

    Rio Olympic Velodrome

    Rio Olympic Velodrome was originally built for the 2007 Pan American Games but was later upgraded to suit the bigger demand for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. The venue will be used for track cycling events and post the gala three weeks, it’s set to be used by Brazil’s high performing athletes. This venue is one of the most controversial because of its high costs and delays. The venue is expected to be finished barely a week before the opening ceremony.

  • Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre

    Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre

    The venue was part of the investments made to host the swimming, synchronised swimming and diving competitions for the 2007 Pan American Games. The name is a tribute to Brazilian swimmer Maria Lenk. And these sports will be staged at the 42,000 sq meter-venue for the Olympics too.

  • Olympic Equestrian Centre

    Olympic Equestrian Centre

    The equestrian centre was built for the Pan American Games and will have its legacy continued for the Olympics. As the name suggests, it will be used for equestrian events on a course that contains jumping and events arena, cross-country course and horse and trainer accommodations.

  • Carioca Arena 3

    Carioca Arena 3

    Carioca Arena 3 will stage fencing and taekwondo events at the Olympics as well as judo for the Paralympics. This complex will turn into a sports school after the Games for 850 full time students.

  • Amazonia Arena

    Amazonia Arena

    This football stadium was built for the 2014 World Cup and is one of the five venues outside Rio for football fixtures. Amazonia Arena in Manaus will host six matches in the group stages. The stadium is in the Amazon Rainforest region from where it gets its fruit shape design.

  • Corinthians Arena

    Corinthians Arena

    Home to the Brazilian football club Corinthians, the venue will be used for multiple matches in men’s and women’s football. The stadium is situated in Sao Paulo – Brazil’s largest city.

  • Fonte Nova Arena

    Fonte Nova Arena

    The stadium was built in 1951 and was upgraded for the 2014 football World Cup. The stadium will host eight group stage matches and two quarterfinals.

  • Mane Garrincha Stadium

    Mane Garrincha Stadium

    Named after legendary Brazilian footballer Garrincha, the stadium is housed in Brazil’s capital Brasilia. Eight group stages matches and two quarterfinals will be played in the facility.

  • Mineirao


    With a seating capacity of over 60,000, Mineirao is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. Located in Belo Horizonte, the stadium has been used during the Confederations Cup in 2013, World Cup in 2014 and now the Olympic Games. It will host six group games, two quarterfinals, a women’s semi-final and the men’s third place playoff.

  • Olympic Golf Course

    Olympic Golf Course

    After being away for more than a century, golf returns to the Olympics with this 18-hole course built in the natural reserve in the Barra de Tijuca zone of the city. The course will become open to the public after the Games.

  • Future Arena

    Future Arena

    To be used for handball events, Future Arena is a temporary construction. It will be used for goalball at the Paralympics. Post the Games, it will be dismantled and reassembled as four schools.

  • Olympic Hockey Centre

    Olympic Hockey Centre

    The Olympic Hockey Centre was initially built for the Pan American Games and upgraded for the Olympics. The facility has two artificial turf pitches and all the basics that go with it – changing rooms, stands (with capacity of 10,000 and 5,000 respectively) and an administrative area. For the Paralympics, it will be used for football five-a-side and seven-a-side competition.

  • Carioca Arena 2

    Carioca Arena 2

    The facility will be used for wrestling and judo during the Olympics as well as for boccia at the Paralympics. As with other venues in the Olympic Park, this too will become part of the training centre.

  • Deodoro Aquatics Centre

    Deodoro Aquatics Centre

    The Deodoro Aquatics Centre is the venue for the swimming event of the modern pentathlon. The pool was renovated for the game and a stand erected for the audience.

  • Deodoro Stadium

    Deodoro Stadium

    This temporary stadium is built around an existing polo field and will play host to Rugby matches and equestrian, combined running and shooting sections of the modern pentathlon.

  • Marina da Gloria

    Marina da Gloria

    This marina is located in the neighbourhood of Gloria in Rio. Having already hosted the draw procedure for the 2014 World Cup, the facility will be put to use for sailing at the Olympics. A swanky new roof, event areas and a temporary pier have been constructed for a capacity of 10,000.

  • Olympic Shooting Centre

    Olympic Shooting Centre

    Also known as National Shooting Centre, the venue underwent some minor uplifting for the Olympics. It includes shooting ranges with seven already built for the Pan American Games in 2007.

  • Olympic Aquatics Stadium

    Olympic Aquatics Stadium

    The venue will play host to swimming competitions and water polo finals. It has two pools – one for the competition and one for warming up. The structure will be dismantled post the Games.

  • Riocentro - Pavilion 3

    Riocentro - Pavilion 3

    Pavilion 3 at the Riocentro will be used for table tennis events. Stretching to a massive 23,000 sq metres, the venue houses four official competition tables.

  • Olympic Tennis Centre

    Olympic Tennis Centre

    Built on the site of former Nelson Piquet International Autodrome, Olympic Tennis Centre will stage the tennis matches for the Olympics. Comprising of 16 courts – including a permanent centre court, it is parting legacy from the Games. Keeping with the calendar, the courts will be hard court like the ones in use during August. The centre court is named after Maria Esther Bueno.

  • Maracanazinho


    Translated to ‘Little Maracana’, the venue will be used for volleyball matches at the Olympics. Standing right next to the larger Maracana to be used for football, this one houses a renovated training court and a temporary one built for the matches.

  • Riocentro - Pavilion 2

    Riocentro - Pavilion 2

    Measuring 11,500 sq metres, Pavilion 2 will stage the weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics.