Rio 2016 - Venue Guide

The 27 venues in and around Rio that will play host to this summer’s Olympic Games


Olympic Stadium
A legacy of the 2007 Pan American Games, the Olympic Stadium hosts early stages of the football tournament before making way for athletics on the modernised running track.

The world-famous stadium will stage decisive matches in the football tournament and the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was recently modernised for the 2014 World Cup.

Olympic Arena
Another venue built for the Pan American Games, the Rio Olympic Arena will be home to artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and the trampoline events.

A temporary facility on the coast in Rio’s Western Zone which marks the start and finish for the road cycling time trials and race walking.

Various pavilions will host everything from badminton to boxing and table tennis to weightlifting, with a “low-speed air conditioning system” in pavilion four particularly useful for badminton.

Carioca Arena 1
The home of Olympic basketball was built for the Games and afterwards will be part of the Olympic Training Centre, with facilities for 12 sports.

Youth Arena
Located on Avenida Brasil, one of Rio’s busiest streets, the Youth Arena will stage the modern pentathlon’s fencing matches and the group stage of the women’s basketball.

Beach Volleyball Arena
A temporary structure on Copacabana Beach will host the beach volleyball events, with a centre court for the matches, five training courts and two warm-up courts.

Whitewater Stadium
One of the most complex facilities, the Whitewater Stadium contains 25 million litres of water in its two canoe slalom courses - one for competition measuring 250 metres and another 200-metre training course.

Lagoa Stadium
Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, one of the city’s main landmarks, stages the rowing and canoe sprint events.

Olympic BMX Centre
Occupying around 4,000 square metres of the Radical Park, the BMX centre has a dirt track full of ramps and turns.

Mountain Bike Centre
Also part of the Radical Park, the mountain bike track is 5,400 metres long and makes the most of the natural contours of the land.

Fort Copacabana
The starting point for some open-air competitions, including the road cycling, open-water swimming and triathlon. Set at one end of Copacabana Beach, it promises to be one of the most picturesque venues.

Rio Olympic Velodrome
The stage for the track cycling events, the purpose-built facilities will be used as a training centre for high-performance athletes after the Games.

Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Named after the first Brazilian woman to participate in the summer Olympics (in Los Angeles in 1932), the aquatics centre will host the diving events, synchronised swimming and water polo.

Olympic Equestrian Centre
Another legacy of the Pan American Games, the equestrian centre was modernised and expanded for the Games and contains the jumping and eventing arena, cross-country course and horse and trainer accommodation.

Carioca Arena 2
The home for wrestling and judo will become a permanent training centre for a variety of sports after the Games.

Carioca Arena 3
Home of the taekwondo and fencing competitions, the venue will become a specialist sports school with capacity for 850 full-time students.

Olympic Golf Course
Built for the Games on reclaimed land, the course was designed by renowned architect Gil Hanse and opens to the public after the event.

Future Arena
Home to the handball tournament, the Future Arena is a temporary structure which will be dismantled after the Games and used in the construction of four state schools in the city.

Olympic Hockey Centre
Renovated after the Pan American Games, the hockey centre has two artificial pitches, changing rooms, stands and an administration area. After the Games it will be used by the Brazilian team.

Deodoro Aquatics Centre
The venue for the swimming discipline in the modern pentathlon features a renovated outdoor pool and temporary seating for spectators.

Deodoro Stadium
Built around an existing polo field, the temporary Deodoro Stadium will host the rugby tournament and the equestrian and combined running and shooting sections of the modern pentathlon.

Marina da Gloria
The base for the sailing competitions taking place in the waters of Guanabara Bay includes a new roof, event areas and a temporary pier for spectators.

Olympic Tennis Centre
Some of the centre’s 16 courts are temporary, but the centre court and its facilities are permanent and will be one of the biggest sporting legacies of the Games.

Volleyball’s traditional home in Brazil features one renovated training court and a temporary one created for the Games.

Traditionally used for samba school parades during carnival, the Sambodromo will host the archery competition and the start and finish of the marathon races.

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