Rio 2016

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).

Check back with us often, as we update the site with the latest information and developments for the Rio 2016 Olympics!

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

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A summer list…

With just a few weeks away until summer FINALLY starts in the land of the Queen I thought it would be cool to share this list with y’all.


After a long and wet winter the sun has decided to show up and make all the gringos happy, sticky and red (some of them a bit TOO red).

Coming from a warm (and beautiful) country I have to say WE LOVE summer and it is a reminder of lots of good stuff.

 Everybody has their down list; here are my favourite things about summer:

  •  lemonade
  • grilled burgers, steaks, fish, fruit…
  • summer thunderstorms
  • the long, lingering daylight hours
  • watermelon
  • napping in a hammock
  • sunglasses 
  • the smell of sunscreen
  • picnics
  • daytrips to the beach (and the reminder of it with sand everywhere)
  • swimming
  • camping
  • drippy ice cream cones
  • easy entertaining on your porch or in your backyard
  • swimming out to a floating wooden platform in a lake
  • sleep-away camp
  • outdoor concerts
  • canoeing
  • sunny days = sunnier moods
  • the sound of lawn mowers
  • open windows
  • sitting in the shade on a hot day
  • the sound of ocean waves
  • a cool breeze on a hot day
  • flip flops
  • the smoky smell of people barbecuing
  • relaxed attitudes
  • surfing
  • dogs with their heads out car windows, tongues wagging
  • bicycles built for two
  • snorkeling

 

FIFA World Cup tickets on sale in 2013

When it comes to the FIFA World Cup™, the issue of ticketing is always of chief importance among fans. For that reason, FIFA invited a number of Brazilian journalists to a round-table discussion on 20 October in Zurich, where they had the chance to pose questions to FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil and Executive Chairman of MATCH AG Jaime Byrom. FIFA.com rounds up the highlights.

Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director and member of FIFA Ticketing AG
On ticket sales
Ticketing is a very complex operation. There are going to be an estimated 3.3 million tickets available, although we are yet to confirm a precise number. That will only be possible once all the stadiums are ready and we know which seats cannot be made available for purchase, such as those with an obstructed view. We also need to organise the Fan Fests together with the host cities. There are going to be plenty of additional activities for fans in 2014 too.

 

 

 

On scheduling
The sale of FIFA World Cup tickets will begin after the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, probably towards the end of August 2013. Tickets for the Confederations Cup will go on general sale after the draw at the end of 2012. We made this decision in order to prevent confusion between the two events among fans.

On procedure
The first sales phase will be a lottery in which fans can apply for tickets, which are then allocated via random draw. Everyone can take part and will have an equal chance of securing tickets. The majority of tickets will be sold through FIFA.com, the official FIFA World Cup website. Similarly to South Africa 2010, there will also be ticket outlets in Brazil for local fans who do not have access to the internet. Furthermore, we will be working with local organisations to ensure we are able to reach every fan.

On pricing
We know that Brazilians are passionate about football. We are in discussions with the government and the Local Organising Committee to ensure that every social group has an equal chance of seeing World Cup matches live. It’s our aim to make it possible for anyone to attend matches, from wealthier fans to those with lower incomes. We believe a large proportion of tickets will go to Brazilians. Fans are of utmost importance to us. If the fans in the stadiums are happy, it’ll be a fantastic World Cup.

Jaime Byrom, Executive Chairman of MATCH Hospitality
The early signs are that we’re going to be overwhelmed by the demand for tickets, which is very promising. The World Cup in Brazil is still three years away, but I can already say that the number of requests so far surpasses any previous World Cup for which we’ve been responsible for hospitality and ticketing. We will be taking a fresh approach to hospitality for Brazil 2014 and will be introducing a brand new product. Aside from team and city-specific tickets, there will also be a package which covers all the main stadiums.