Renovation work is officially underway at the iconic Maracana Stadium in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A number of seating sections were removed from the Rio de Janeiro venue on Tuesday, kick-starting the work for football's biggest showcase in four years.
The world famous stadium is expected to host the World Cup final, will not be immediately closed, but will see a reduced capacity during the renovation.
As per usual, more than 80,000 fans crammed into the Maracana for a Brazilian league match between Fluminense and Vasco on Sunday.
The stadium was originally built for the 1950 World Cup and is likely to be used for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Posted on 25/08/2010