Brasília’s Mané Garrincha National Stadium – one of six venues that will host football matches during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – has been officially reopened.
The original stadium, which was built in 1974, was demolished in 2010 in order to construct a new 71,000-capacity venue that will be used during the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as Rio 2016.
The opening match on 18 May saw Brasiliense defeat Brasília 3-0 to claim the Federal District Championship in front of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Brazilian Minister of Sports Aldo Rebelo.
The new multi-use venue, which occupies a total area of 1.6 million square metres, can be adapted to host large scale cultural or sporting events, with retractable seats offering greater flexibility. The rebuilt stadium also features more than 70 hospitality boxes and state-of-the-art media facilities.
The new venue was constructed using recycled materials from the old stadium and also features rainwater and solar energy harvesting systems, while the 90,000m2 outer membrane helps retain heat, reducing the need for air conditioning or artificial ventilation. The self-cleaning membrane also helps filter the pollution of approximately 1,000 cars.
The design of the stadium itself features 288 external columns and was inspired by various monuments in Brasília – the federal capital of Brazil.