Key facts

Club: CR Vasco da Gama | Opening: 1927 | Capacity: 24,584 seats

History and description

São Januário, nicknamed Gigante da Colina, opened on the 21st of April 1927 with a match between Vasco da Gama and Santos (5-3). The stadium was at that time the largest in South America, and though it lost that status quickly, it remained the largest in Brazil until the opening of Pacaembu in 1940.

In the 1930s and 1940s São Januário regularly hosted the Brazilian national team and it was one of the two playing venues at the 1949 Copa América. However, since the completion of Maracaña in 1950 the stadium has had to settle with only two international friendlies in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The facade of the main stand is listed as national heritage. In 2007 a statue of Romário was erected right behind the goal in which he scored his 1000th goal ever.

The stadium has hardly changed over the years, though it recently underwent a refurbishment of its interior, VIP areas, and seating areas.

Getting there

São Januário is located in the north of Rio de Janeiro, about 7 kilometres north-west from downtown Rio de Janeiro, 5 kilometres north-west from the central rail station, and 3 kilometres from the Rodoviária Novo Rio long-distance bus station.

There are various bus services that connect with the stadium.

Bus 473 brings you from Copacabana directly to the stadium. Get on the bus at the Rua Tonelera. The stadium is at the end of the line.

Bus 472 also passes right in front of the stadium. You can board this bus in downtown (Av Pres Vargas),Flamengo (Praia do Flamengo), or at the northern edge of Copacabana.

From Ipanema you can catch bus 474, which also passes through Copacabana (Av Ns de Copacabana) ,Flamengo, and downtown. The bus stops a 5-minute walk away from the stadium (follow the Rua São Januário north).

From Rodoviária Novo Rio bus station you can take bus 209, which again leaves you right in front of the stadium.

Address: Rua General Almério de Moura 131, Bairro Vasco da Gama, Rio de Janeiro


Tickets for Vasco da Gama matches can be bought online, at the ticket office at São Januário, or at one of the other pre-sale points, among which the club office at the Rue Jardel Jerculis (near the Museu de Arte Moderne).

Ticket prices will range from R$30.00 to R$100.00 for most opponents, but can be increased to between R$50.00 and R$150.00 for high-profile opponents.

Stadium tours

Vasco da Gama offers guided stadium tours that include access to the trophy room, VIP areas, and stadium chapel.

Tours run twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Contact for reservations and more information.

Relevant Internet links – Official website of CR Vasco da Gama. – Official guide to Rio de Janeiro. – Public transport journey planner.