The Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha is a football stadium that originally opened in 1974. It was completely reconstructed between 2010 and 2013 ahead of the country hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With a capacity of 72,788, it is the second largest stadium in Brazil after the Maracanã.
Named after legendary Brazilian player Garrincha who won the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup, the stadium forms part of the Ayrton Senna sports complex along with the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium and Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet racing circuit.
Following its renovations, the stadium hosted the opening 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup group match between Brazil and Japan, with the hosts winning 3-0.
The following year, seven matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup were held at Estádio Nacional de Brasília. This included the quarter-final in which Argentina defeated Belgium 1-0 and the third place match which saw the Netherlands defeat hosts Brazil 3-0.
Ten football matches at the 2016 Summer Olympics were also held in the stadium, including a quarter-final in both the men’s and women’s competitions.
Opened: 1974 (renovated 2013)
Location & Travel to Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha
The Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha is located approximately 2 kilometres to the west of downtown Brasília, the federal capital of Brazil.
Airport: Brasília International Airport is the city’s primary airport, with domestic flights across Brazil and international services to South America, North America and Europe. The airport is approximately 12 kilometres south of downtown Brasília and can be reached using Bus 102.
Bus: From the Brasília bus station, catch a bus in the direction of Circular Rodoviária/Estádio and get off at the TV tower, about a 10 minute walk from the stadium.
Walk: Walking from downtown Brasília will take about 25-30 minutes along Eixo Monumental (Monumental Axis) avenue.
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Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha Stadium Tour
Stadium tours of Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha take place on Saturday’s from 9am to 12pm, with booking not required and free entry. Further information is available on the state government’s website here.