The Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro will undergo a $280 million facelift for the FIFA World Cup in 2014.

First opened for the 1950 World Cup, the stadium will be closed in 2010 for renovation to commence to give the stadium a new look ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

The stadium, which once catered for 200,000 fans will be reduced from its current capacity of 87,000 to 82,000 which was a recommendation of FIFA.

The five-storey structure will also have a roof added to its structure for the very first time with completion of the construction set for completion in December 2012.

Posted on 17/12/2009