The renovation of Maracanã stadium was a 316 million Euro investment. As a result, the football stadium has been ranked among the most modern ones in the world. On the downside, many fans cannot afford the higher ticket prices; the heated atmosphere Maracanã was once famous for no longer exists.
The bleachers where fans used to stand side by side are now all equiped with blue and yellow seats, many of them remaining empty during matches. The real fans are still standing – elsewhere. They nowadays prefer bars and pubs to cheer on their favourite team.
Going to the stadium, once a national sport, is now an activity reserved for the upper classes. For the average worker who earns 1.37 Euros (4.35 Reais) an hour, one ticket equals 16 hours of work. Attending the city’s most important derby between Flamengo and Fluminense now costs 22 Euros (71 Reais) compared to 11 Euros (33 Reais) before the renovation. In 2005, tickets were even cheaper at 6 Euros (19 Reais).
On July 13th 2014, fans will fill up Maracanã to the last seat for the World Cup final. The atmosphere will be different from what it was in 1950 and 1970. The cheapest tickets sell 335 Euros (1112 Reais). Many former regular visitors to the stadium will only be able to watch the match on a screen.