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Ginásio do Maracanãzinho

Coordinates: 22°54′50.08″S 43°13′45.60″W / 22.9139111°S 43.2293333°W / -22.9139111; -43.2293333
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Maracanãzinho Gymnasium
Ginásio do Maracanãzinho
Exterior view of the Maracanãzinho, November 2007
Full nameGinásio Gilberto Cardoso
LocationRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates22°54′50.08″S 43°13′45.60″W / 22.9139111°S 43.2293333°W / -22.9139111; -43.2293333
OwnerSuperintendência de Desportos do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
CapacityFutsal: 11,800[2][1]
Basketball: 11,800
Record attendance35,000
(1954 FIBA World Championship Medal Round match: USA 62–41 Brazil)[3]
Field size40x20m[2]
Surface800 m2[2]
Broke groundApril 1954[1]
OpenedSeptember 24, 1954[1]
RenovatedOctober 2003 – June 30, 2004[2]
ClosedOctober 2003
ReopenedJune 30, 2004
Construction cost97 million R$
(2003 renovations)[2]
ArchitectGalvão, Bastos, Azevedo and Carneiro, Herzog & de Meuron (restoration)
Main contractorsProlar S.A.
Odebrecht (restoration)
Brazil women's national volleyball team
Flamengo Basketball (NBB) (2008–2009)
Inside the Maracanãzinho during a volleyball game at the 2010 World League.

Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso or Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, sometimes called just Maracanãzinho ("Little Maracanã" or "Mini Maracanã"), is an indoor arena located in Maracanã in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is used mostly for volleyball. Its formal name, Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso,[1] honors a former Clube de Regatas do Flamengo president. The capacity of the arena is 11,800[2] and it was opened in 1954. It stands next to the Maracanã Stadium.



Maracanãzinho's construction started on April 13, 1954 and lasted for only five months. It was built by Construtora Prolar S.A. The architects were Rafael Galvão, Pedro Paulo Bernardes Bastos, Orlando Azevedo and Antônio Dias Carneiro, the engineer was Joaquim Cardoso.

The gymnasium was inaugurated on September 24, 1954, with that year's Men's Basketball World Championship, for which it had a capacity for 25,000 spectators. The arena also hosted the 1963 event of the same competition, with the home team, coached by Kanela taking the gold medal,[1] its second Men's Basketball World Championship in a row.

During the 1950s and the 1960s, the Miss Guanabara and Miss Brasil beauty pageants were held in Maracanãzinho.

During the 1960s and the 1970s several national and international music festivals were held in the gymnasium.

The 1960 and 1990 Men's Volleyball World Championship was held in Maracanãzinho.

At the age of 32, Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira became the first female singer to fill the Maracanãzinho Gymnasium in 1981.

The 2013 World Judo Championships was held in Maracanãzinho.

The Maracanãzinho Gymnasium hosted UFC 179 in October 2014 and UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare in March 2015.

The Maracanãzinho Gymnasium hosted the volleyball competitions during the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4][5]

In 2013, WWE.com claimed the arena was the site of the 1979 WWE Intercontinental Championship tournament, an April Fools' Day prank.[6]



For the 2007 Pan American Games, the gym was remodeled,[4] with new central air conditioning, an added four-sided scoreboard, a new sound system, a dome which allows natural lighting during the day, new comfortable seating, and adaptions to all international requirements. As a result, the Maracanãzinho became a venue for the volleyball competitions of the 2007 Pan American Games, and many other international competitions. After the renovations, the capacity of the arena was reduced from approximately 13,000 to 11,800 spectators for futsal.[2] The arena became much more comfortable for spectators, as the field of vision was increased for better viewing of the arena floor.



The arena has also hosted a number of important rock concerts, including, among others, the following list:[7]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f The Maracanazinho
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Maracanãzinho". Archived from the original on 2018-05-23. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "II World Cup (Rio de Janeiro 1954)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  4. ^ a b "Rio 2016 Volleyball Venues Approved by FIVB". Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
  5. ^ Rio2016.org.br bid package. Archived November 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Volume 2. p. 18.
  6. ^ "Intercontinental Title Tournament Finally Uncovered | WWE". Archived from the original on 2018-11-06. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  7. ^ "Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Concert Setlists | setlist.fm". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
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Estadio Nacional de Chile
FIBA World Cup
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Preceded by FIFA Futsal World Cup
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Preceded by FIVB Volleyball World League
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