How Rio will Create the Venues for the Summer Olympics!
The Rio 2016 Olympics master plan includes the construction of the Olympic village, numerous stadiums and sports venues, a high performance light rail train, and several connecting highways. This ambitious plan calls for major infrastructure additions and improvements all over the city, clustered around the four main Olympics venues of Deodoro, Maracanã , Copacabana, and Barra da Tijuca. These venues will be linked by the train and new highways.
More than half of Rio 2016’s venues are already built. They include state-of-the-art facilities constructed for the 2007 Pan and Parapan American Games: the magnificent João Havelange Stadium (the proposed 2016 venue for Athletics), the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, the Rio Olympic Arena (which will host Gymnastics and Wheelchair Basketball), the Rio Olympic Velodrome, the National Equestrian Center and its close neighbor, the National Shooting Center.
The Olympic village in Barra da Tijuca will be part of Rio’s long term development plan. Athletes will enjoy modern living facilities and a private beach! The Barra cluster will hold 50% of the 2016 Olympic competitions and there will be plenty of entertainment for spectators.
The lush Deodoro section of Rio will host equestrian, pentathlon, shooting, fencing, and other competitions. This is also where the Extreme Sports Park will be built, as well as the BMX Mountain Biking Center and the canoe-kayak slalom.
The Maracanã area of the city will host the opening and closing ceremonies, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. These events will occur in the recently built João Havelange Stadium, the world famous Maracanã Stadium, and in Maracanãzinho Arena.
Near Copacabana, sailing competitions will take place in Marina da Gloria. Running and biking races will be held beneath Sugarloaf Mountain along beautiful Guanabara Bay, which is adjacent to the lovely Urca neighborhood. A little further down the coast, in the sands of famous Copacabana Beach, a stadium will be constructed for Beach Volleyball competitions. Triathlon and Marathon swimming will occur near Posto 6 on Copacabana Beach, near Arpoador.
Although no competitive events will occur in the upscale Ipanema Beachneighborhood, this is where many tourists and visitors will want to find lodging. Just behind the Ipanema neighborhood, rowing and canoe-kayak racing will take place in the beautiful Rodrigo Freitas salt water lagoon (The Lagoa).
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See below, the Rio de Janeiro Master Plan Olympic games video presentation and conceptual images of the various Olympic venues. (Courtesy of the Rio 2016 Olympics Committee).
Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2016 Olympic Village
Rio de Janeiro Brazil 2016 Olympic Village Beach!
The 2016 Olympics BMX Mountain Bike Center
Maracanã Stadium and Maracanãzinho Arena complex
Marina da Gloria – site of 2016 Olympic sailing competitions
Beach Volleyball Stadium on Copacabana Beach