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Maracana will have a hall of fame now.
the folllowing players will have their feet in the walkway of the ground:
Pelé, Zico, Romário, Garrincha, Zizinho, Roberto Dinamite, Bebeto, Dida, Zagallo, Edmundo e Telê Santana.
Also Maracana was turned into a national site so it will not be demolished EVER! :)
the temple will always be up their :)
that's my favourite stadium, every time i see a game in maracana is something special :) I don't know why but its got a different energy. its HUGE :)

Pelo Corinthians, com muito amor ate o fim.
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Supporters, journalists and even poets have tried to adequately describe the sheer size of Maracana over the last fifty years since it was built in 1950. However, perhaps the best way to express this is in terms of numbers: no fewer than 500,000 sacks of cement were used to build the stadium. These sacks, when piled one on top of the other, would be the equivalent to 78 times the height of the statue of Christ high above Rio de Janeiro, which is 836 meters above sea level.

Construction was begun on 2 August 1948, during the government of the then Mayor of the Federal District, Mendes de Moraes. Approximately 1,500 labourers were employed during the two years of work, and when the first game was played in Maracana, on 17 June 1950 (a team from Rio lost 1 - 3 to Sao Paulo), the stadium could officially hold 155,000 spectators.

There were originally 1,500 seats in the boxes, 30,000 seats, space for 93,500 in the stands and 30,000 in the remainder of the stadium. However, it is possible to squeeze in many more, as has been proved over the years with crowds of close to 190,000.

Other statistics are equally as mind boggling:

More than 10 million kilos of iron were used to build the stadium. If one imagines this in terms of 4.5 mm bars it would stretch twice around the world!.

Timber – as much as 650,000 square meters of wood were used in the construction, enough to cover Getulio Vargas Ave. (in downtown Rio) three times.

Stone – 60,000 cubic meters of stone was used, the equivalent of a 12 kilometer 2.5m x 2m wall (twice the distance between Leme and Copacabana).

More than 45,000 cubic meters of sand was required.

The construction materials were taken to the site in 40,000 trucks. Lining these vehicles up one behind the other they would stretch from Rio to Sao Paulo, a distance of 510 kilometres.
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