Map of Olympic Park Rio 2016

Olympic Park 2016

The Olympic Park for Rio 2016 is still being built, as at January 2016.

It will consist of nine stadiums, plus a number of minor tennis courts as racquet sport returns to the Olympic Park, London 2012 having used Wimbledon at the other end of the city from the main Olympic Stadium for its tennis competition.

The three Carioca Arenas will be the main indoor stadiums for Rio 2016, linked by an inter-connecting roof. The pre-existing HSBC Arena will be used for gymnastics and trampoline – usually it is used for major basketball games and indoor concerts.

Swimming and diving will take place in different stadiums, indoor for swimming and outdoor for diving, though water polo will be played in both.

Taking a leaf out of London’s book regards their water polo stadium, the Future Arena is a temporary stadium that will be used for handball.

Riocentro, which will include boxing and weightlifting, is five minutes’ walk away from the Olympic Park.

Athletics will take place far far away from the Olympic Park, approximately 25km and 45 minutes’ drive away – when traffic is good. It’ll be staged at the Engenhão (also known at the Estadio Nilton Santos or Estadio João Havelange), best known as home of football club Botafogo.

The famous Maracanã – venue for the 1950* and 2014 World Cup Finals, and where Flamengo and Fluminense call home – will stage the football tournament in conjunction with the Engenhão, and will also host the opening and closing ceremonies.

The second map shows the main Olympic venues, plus the different coloured Metro lines, which will primarily serve the Engenhão and Maracanã. Rio’s most famous tourist spots – Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf mountain, the Copacabana and Ipanema are all closer to the city centre than almost all of the Olympic venues. Copacabana will host sailing and long-sistance swimming.

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