Ginásio do Maracanãzinho

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Maracanãzinho Gymnasium
Ginásio do Maracanãzinho
Maracanãzinho Gymnasium
Full name Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso
Location Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Owner Superintendência de Desportos do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Capacity 11,800[1]
Record attendance 35,000
(1954 FIBA World Championship Medal Round match: USA – Brazil 62–41)[3]
Field size 40x20 m[1]
Surface 800m²[1]
Broke ground April 1954[2]
Opened September 24, 1954[2]
Renovated October 2003 – June 30 2004[1]
Closed October 2003
Reopened June 30, 2004
Construction cost 97 million R$
(2003 renovations)[1]
Architect Galvão, Bastos, Azevedo and Carneiro, Herzog & de Meuron (restoration)
Main contractors Prolar S.A.
Odebrecht (restoration)
Brazil women's national volleyball team
Flamengo Basketball (NBB) (2008–2009)

Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso (Portuguese: Ginásio do Maracanãzinho), sometimes called just Maracanãzinho ("Little Maracanã" or "Mini Maracanã"), is a modern indoor arena located in Maracanã neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Is is used mostly for volleyball. Its formal name, Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso,[2] honors a former Clube de Regatas do Flamengo president. The capacity of the arena is 11,800[1] 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,[2] 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 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.

Renovations and future events[edit]

For the 2007 Pan American Games, the gym was remodelled,[4] relying on central air conditioning and adding a four-sided scoreboard, a new sound system, dome which allows natural lighting during the day, comfortable seating, and adapting to all international requirements. Thus, the Maracanazinho that for many years received no competitions, it became a beautiful venue for the volleyball competitions of the 2007 Pan American Games and many other international competitions. After the reform, the arena had its capacity, initially of about 13,000 people, reduced to 11,800 spectators,[1] but now the arena is much more comfortable for spectators. These adjustments will reduce the capacity of the gymnasium from 13,163 to 12,300 spectators, but will increase the field of vision and provide greater comfort to the public.

It hosted the 2013 World Judo Championships.

The Maracanazinho Gymnasium hosted 2 events such as UFC 179 in October 2014 and UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare in March 2015.

Since Rio de Janeiro was selected to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, will be used to host the volleyball competitions.[4][5]


The arena has also hosted a number of important rock concerts, including, among others, the following list:[6]


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Coordinates: 22°54′50.08″S 43°13′45.60″W / 22.9139111°S 43.2293333°W / -22.9139111; -43.2293333

Preceded by
Luna Park
Buenos Aires
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Estadio Nacional de Chile
Preceded by
Estadio Nacional de Chile
FIBA World Championship
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Cilindro Municipal
Preceded by
National Taiwan University Sports Center
Chinese Taipei Taipei City
FIFA Futsal World Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Hua Mark Indoor Stadium
Thailand Bangkok