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Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro – See the Details

Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro – See the Details


The city of Rio de Janeiro received a major project for the construction of a sports complex for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro was built. In this text, we will explain more details of this area of sports, events, leisure and much more. Read!


Located in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Park was a project that started on July 6, 2012. The idea was to build a sports complex for the Olympic events that would take place in the city in 2016. The park has 118 hectares of area. The arenas were delivered in 2015, and the park was opened to the public on August 6, 2016.


This space was built on the area where the Nelson Piquet International Autodrome was located. It had already undergone modifications to host the 2007 Pan American Games when the City of Sports was created.

After Rio de Janeiro’s registration to hosting the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was planned to definitively deactivate the old race track.


It’s in the City of Sports that the 3 Carioca Arenas, the Rio Olympic Arena, the Maria Lenk Water Park and the Velodrome are built. An Olympic Tennis Center (part of the Maria Esther Bueno Stadium) and 2 hotels, which host the International Broadcast Center and Main Media Center, were also built in that area.


For the 2016 Olympic Games, 16 sports were played:

– Basketball 

– Handball 

– Tennis 

– Cycling

– Swimming 

– Synchronized swimming 

– Water Polo  

– Artistic Gymnastics

– Fencing

– Rhythmic gymnastics

-Ornamental jump

– Trampoline Gymnastics

– Judo  

– Wrestling

– Greco-roman Fight

– Taekwondo 


For the Paralympic Games, 10 modalities were played:  

– Football 5

– Golbol 

– Cycling

– Wheelchair Tennis

– Wheelchair Rugby

– Wheelchair Basketball 

– Swimming 

– Seated Volleyball

– Bocce 

– Judo  



There are a total of 5 arenas in the area.

Arena Carioca 1 has the capacity to receive 16,000 people. The Rio Olympic Arena has a capacity of 12,000 people. The Maria Esther Bueno Stadium and the Maria Lenk Water Park have a capacity of 10,000 and 5,000 people, respectively.

Finally, the Velodrome can receive up to 5,000 people. Together, all spaces can host up to 48,000 people in competitions.


In the construction of the Arenas Cariocas the objective was to seek energy efficiency. Much of the region’s solar potential was used. The park is illuminated using a building automation system.

This system values lighting efficiency and energy savings. In the athletes’ changing rooms, all are supplied with hot water from the solar heating system.

The Environment was also an important factor in the design of the buildings for the Olympic Park. A 70 m² restoration work was carried out on the marginal range of ecosystem protection. The work was to recover part of the mangrove and planting the restinga. Thus, it was possible to take care of the fauna and flora.


The construction of the Olympic Park was very important for the city. For Rio de Janeiro it was very interesting to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world here, which contributed to the state’s economy, receiving a large number of tourists.

The built spaces were transformed into spaces for education, leisure and sports for the population. Some training centers are available for high-performance athletes in the city. They are: Olympic Training Center that houses the Tennis Center, Water Park and Velodrome.


When the 2016 Olympic Games ended, other areas were designed. They are: leisure areas, gardens, the Wall of Champions (where all 2,568 medals distributed during the 2016 games are registered).


The largest circulation area for the public is known as Via Olímpica, more than 1 km long. The format of Via Olímpica was inspired by the Copacabana boardwalk. There are 2 terraces and 5 squares on the road.

With the end of the games, these squares receive sports equipment, such as game tables, skate park and playground, for the use of the population.

Multisport courts and a soccer field were built. One of the terraces received an Academy for the Elderly.

The leisure area was handed over to the public on January 21, 2017. In February, when the activities for the Olympic Training Center began. It was in this space that the edition of Rock in Rio took place, in September 2017.


Yes. Via Olímpica is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 10 pm. This is a fun space for families in search of leisure. The Olympic Park is interesting for those who play sports, as it offers areas for running, skateboarding and some other activities.

What do you think? Invite your friends, visit the Olympic Park!

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