Estádio Olímpico João Havelange

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The Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, also known by its nickname Engenhão (Portuguese pronunciation: ), is a multi-use stadium located in the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood (hence its nickname) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is used mostly for football matches and athletics and is the home field of the football club Botafogo. Its name honors João Havelange, president of FIFA from 1974 to 1998. The stadium was built by a consortium under the leadership of Odebrecht S.A..

The stadium will host the athletics competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The stadium's capacity will be increased to 60,000 for the Games.

History

The stadium cost R$ 380 million (US$192 million) to build, which was six times the stadium's original construction budget of $60,000,000 The Mayor's office estimated in 2003 that the total construction cost would be of $30 million (or R$60 million), the actual cost was thus 533% higher that early estimates.

The stadium opened on June 30, 2007. The first match held was a Campeonato Brasileiro Série A game between Botafogo and Fluminense. 40,000 tickets were available for the match and were exchanged for donations of powdered milk. In all, 43,810 people were at the stadium to watch the inaugurating match, where Botafogo beat Fluminense 2-1. The first goal of the match was scored by Fluminense's Alex Dias. As Dias scored the first goal in the stadium's history, he was awarded the Valdir Pereira Trophy (Taça Valdir Pereira), which was named after retired footballer Didi. Because Botafogo won the stadium's inaugural match, the club was awarded the João Havelange Trophy (Taça João Havelange).

On August 3, 2007, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas signed a deal with the City of Rio de Janeiro to rent the stadium for 20 years. Botafogo was the only organization to present a bid; the club agreed to pay $18.200 (or R$ 36.000) a month to rent Engenhão, plus maintenance costs which run at $2 million (or R$4 million) annually.

On August 11, 2007, a 15-meter long and 6-meter high stadium wall collapsed, but nobody was hurt.

On September 10, 2008, the Brazilian national team played for the first time ever in the Engenhão. The match, against Bolivia, for 2010 World Cup Qualification, ended 0-0.

The stadium remains owned by the City of Rio de Janeiro, but it has been rented to Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas until at least 2027 (20 years).

On May 22 and 23, Paul McCartney played two sold out concerts for 45,000 people each day. It was the first concert at the stadium.

Currently the Engenhão is the main venue for soccer competitions in Rio de Janeiro, while the Maracanã Stadium is under reform in preparations for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.

2007 Pan American Games

The stadium hosted the following football matches of the 2007 Pan American Games:

The stadium hosted twelve matches of the first stage of the men's and women's football tournaments of the 2007 Pan American Games.

Men's tournament

Group A

Group C

Group A

Group B

Women's tournament

Group A

Group B

Group A

Group B

Group A

Group B

Group B

Group A

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  • Yuri Mouro
    Yuri Mouro commented
    Estdio mais moderno do Rio de Janeiro. A casa do BOTAFOGO-RJ.
    about 5 years ago via Mobile