Venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics

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The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the "Games of the XXXI Olympiad," will be an international multi-sport event to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.[n 1][1]

Rio de Janeiro won its bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics on October 2, 2009.[1] Days later, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to include golf and rugby sevens in the Olympic program.[2] Thus, the newly formed Rio de Janeiro Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ROCOG) proposed São Januário Stadium to house the Rugby sevens tournament.[3] The International Rugby Board (IRB) (mow World Rugby (WR)) approved the proposed venue,[3] while the International Golf Federation (IGF) worked with the organizing committee to approve construction for a new course.

Events will take place at eighteen existing venues (eight of which require some redevelopment), nine new venues constructed for the Summer Games, and seven temporary venues which will be removed following the games.[4] Each event will be held in one of four geographically segregated Olympic clusters: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracanã. The same was done for the 2007 Pan American Games.[5][6] Several of the venues will be located at the Barra Cluster Olympic Park.[4] The largest venue at the games in terms of seating capacity is the Estádio do Maracanã, officially known as Jornalista Mário Filho Stadium, which can hold 90,000 spectators and will serve as the official Olympic Stadium, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies as well as football finals.[4] In addition, four venues outside Rio de Janeiro will host football events, in the cities of Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and São Paulo.[4]

For the first time the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Summer Olympics aren't being held in the same place as athletics events, and all gymnastics events will take place in same arena.


New venues[edit]

The golf course will be held in Reserva de Marapendi, designed by Hanse Golf Course Design in the Barra da Tijuca zone.[7] Estádio Olímpico João Havelange and Arena da Amazônia in Manaus (AM) will host football matches.


^ 1. Although the official opening of the games is planned to be on August 5, 2016, football matches will begin on August 3.[4]


  1. ^ a b Rio de Janeiro Elected As 2016 Host City, Copenhagen, Denmark: (IOC), October 2, 2009, retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rio de Janeiro Elected As 2016 Host City, Copenhagen, Denmark: (IOC), October 9, 2009, retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Rugby and golf on the agenda for Rio 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: (ROCOG), October 9, 2009, retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Sports and Venues" (PDF), Rio de Janeiro 2016 Candidate File (PDF) 2, (BOC), February 16, 2009, pp. 10–11, retrieved December 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Introduction" (PDF), Rio de Janeiro 2016 Candidate File (PDF) 1, London, United Kingdom: (BOC), February 16, 2009, retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ Rio 2007 Pan Am Games Get Debriefed Ahead Of 2016 Bid, Toronto, Canada: (GamesBids), March 9, 2008, retrieved May 5, 2009. 
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