Key facts

Club: Botafogo FR | Opening: 2007 | Capacity: 46,831 seats

History and description

Engenhão, officially called Estádio Olímpico João Havelange and also referred to as Stadium Rio, was built for the 2007 Pan-American Games that were hosted by Rio de Janeiro. The stadium officially opened on the 30th of June 2007 with a match between Botafogo and Fluminense.

At the same time the Rio de Janeiro government, owner of the stadium, put out a tender for the use of the stadium after the games. Botafogo, having struggled to find a permanent home in the previous decades, was the only club to bid and therefore won the right to lease the stadium for a period of 20 years.

After Maracaña closed in 2010 for building works for the 2014 World Cup, both Flamengo and Fluminense moved most of their home matches to the Engenhão.

Due to the large distance between the stands and pitch and often low attendances, Engenhão has gotten the reputation of being a somewhat cold and soulless football stadium.

Engenhão will be one of the prime venues of the 2016 Olympics, being selected to host the athletics events. For the occasion the capacity of the stadium will be increased to about 60,000 seats. The opening en closing ceremonies will be held at Maracaña though.

Getting there

Engenhão is located in the east of Rio de Janeiro, about 13 kilometres from downtown Rio and more than 20 kilometres from Copacabana and Ipanema.

The stadium lies close to the Linha Amarela motorway. It is clearly signposted from the Linha Amarela (exit 3) and the Avenida Brasil.

Train station Egenho de Dentro lies right next to the stadium. The station can be reached by taking a commuter train from Rio’s main rail station, Central do Brasil, which lies close to Rio downtown. The red (Ramal Deodora), green (Ramal Santa Cruz), and blue (Ramal Japeri) line all connect Central do Brasil with Egenho de Dentro. Trains run at least every 15 minutes.

From Copacabana and Ipanema first take a metro to metro station Central, and from there a train as above.

Address: Rua José dos Reis 425, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro


Tickets for Botafogo matches can be bought online, at the ticket office at the Engenhão, at the club offices at the Av. Venceslau Brás 72 in Botafogo, or at Vasco da Gama’s São Januário stadium.

Ticket prices may depend somewhat on the opponent, but typically range between R$30.00 and R$60.00.

Note that Botafogo may play the odd home game at a different stadium, hence it will be wise to check the venue before heading there.

Relevant Internet links

Bfr.com.br – Official website of Botafogo FR.
Rioguiaoficial.com.br – Official guide to Rio de Janeiro.
Supervia.com.br – Information about the Rio train system.

   Reviews (2)

  1. Bernardo Reis says:

    Mde for TV stadium, nice to see it on TV, but horrible on the inside. Poor accoustics behind the goals, too steep central stands, track around the pitch which kills any kind of intimate feel. Only worthwhile if for a top notch game, otherwise travellers should give preference to Maracanã and São Januario.

  2. Fernando Barra says:

    The stadium is closed due a problem on the roof. The works to fix it will go until the end of 2014. In the begining of 2016 the stadium will be clossed again for the works to host the olympics.

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