Olympic Games

The city of Rio de Janeiro has been elected host city of the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in 2016.

In this year, the world’s best Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be in Rio de Janeiro to star in the greatest sporting show on the planet. The competition venues in Rio de Janeiro will be clustered in four zones – Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã – and connected by a high-performance transport ring.

The infrastructure developments for the preparation of the Games are huge. There will be more than 100,000 people directly involved in the organisation of the Games, including 70,000 volunteers. Millions of people in the city, around the country and across the continent of South America will be reached and inspired by the Games. More than 10,500 athletes from approximately 205 nations around the world are expected to come to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, to compete in front of many thousands of media professionals, sports fans and tourists from all over the globe. In order to accommodate all the visitors for the Games, Rio will undertake a transformation over the forthcoming years, but the ‘marvelous city’ will never lose its Carioca spirit and Brazilian energy that it is famous for.

Facts & figures

PRE Games

  • 2,449 days between the announcement of the victory (2nd of October, 2009) and the beginning of the Olympic Games (5th of August, 2016)
  • 180 million of young people with less than 18 years in South America, 16 million just in Brasil

Olympic Games

  • about 204 National Olympic committees represented
  • more than 10,500 Olympic athletes are expected
  • 28 Olympic Sports

The tickets

  • 7 million tickets to the Olympic Games
  • 3,8 million tickets will cost less than 30 USD including to popular competitions like: athletics, basketball, gymnastics, swimming and volleyball.
  • More than 2 million tickets will cost less than 20 USD
  • The goal is to achieve full stadiums and foster the greatest celebration of the sport.

The venues

  • 37 competition venues
    • 17 already operating
    • 10 of those will suffer some kind of permanent invention
    • 8 will be temporary
    • 10 will be built as part of the legacy
  • Only 27% of the sport venues will have to be built, thanks to
    • Rio 2007 Pan American Games
    • Rio 2007 Parapan American Games
    • 5TH CISM Military World Games
    • 2014 FIFA World Cup

Besides the utilization of temporary venues

Olympic and Paralympic Village

  • 53 hectares is the area of the Olympic and Paralympic village, not including the Olympic Beach, the Olympic Village Park and the Olympic Village training center. This area is equal to the size of 100 soccer fields.
  • 43 seconds is the average waiting time for the elevator of the Olympic and Paralympic village buildings, that will have 12 floors used during the Olympic Games.
  • 25 seconds will be the maximum time that 73% of the athletes will take from the Olympic and Paralympic village till the competition and training venues.
  • All the athletes won’t take  more than 50 minutes in displacement
  • 17,700 beds
  • 9,460 rooms
  • 48 buildings with three and four-bedroom apartments, always with a common living space and a balcony
  • 5,500 is the amount of residents that the main dinning hall of the Olympic and Paralympic Village of 24 mil m2 will accomodate at any one time
  • 1,500 employees will be accomodated, at any one time, in a separate dining facility with separate access, exclusively for the staff.

Rio de Janeiro

  • 290 km2 of forest cover (25% of the total area of the city)
  • 106 km of coastline, divided among ocean, bays and a series of oceanic lakes
  • 100 protected areas covering 235 km2 or around 20% of the total area of the city.
  • Carbon neutral games: trees will be planted in strategic rain forest areas out of the 24 million to be planted in the state before 2016.

Rio’s structure

  • 4,900 mw is the total power demand figure for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 of which 93 mw used at the Olympic and Paralympic premiss (2% of the total)
  • 89% of Brazil’s electrical energy is produced from renewable resources, primarily hydroelectric generation.
  • 120K tons per year will be Rio’s international airport cargo capacity



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Rio 2016. The Olympic Games. Retrieved March 7, 2014, from http://www.rio2016.org/