Barra Olympic Park

Olympic Village and main hub of events

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The park is located in the upscale suburb of Barra da Tijuca and its construction displaced residents of the poorer Vila Autódromo neighborhood. Seven of the structures in the Barra Olympic Park are permanent; some are planned to become training facilities post-Olympics. In late May, city officials announced that they were changing building contractors in order to finish construction of the $43 million Velodrome — which is so far behind schedule that Rio organizers said they may not have time to test the venue’s cycling track.

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Table tennis




Water polo

Cycling track






Artistic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnastics

Trampoline gymnastics

Synchronized swimming


Deodoro Olympic Park

Outdoors park on the outskirts of Rio

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Venues in the Deodoro Olympic Park were constructed near an existing competitive shooting facility that will also host Olympic events. OAS — one of the construction companies involved with building the BMX Center, Mountain Bike Center and Whitewater Stadium — has been under investigation by Brazil’s attorney general for bribing lawmakers to secure construction contracts.

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Mountain biking

Canoe/kayak slalom



Modern pentathlon




Olympic Golf Course

The first Olympic golf course in the world since 1904

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For the first time in 112 years, golf is included in the Olympic Games. Reinstatement of the sport prompted Brazil to construct a new 7,350-yard, 18-hole course. Development of the project drew controversy because of its partial location on protected land of the Reserva de Marapendi. Protesters camped near the site and voiced environmental concerns; Rio state prosecutors questioned irregularities in environmental impact studies. Rio officials have said that the Olympic course may be open for public use after the Games.

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Maracanã Stadium

Opening and Closing ceremonies

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The 87,000-spectator soccer venue in Rio de Janeiro was modified for the 2014 World Cup and will be used for the 2016 Olympic Games’ Opening and Closing ceremonies. Residents of the nearby Metrô-Mangueira neighborhood were evicted from their homes in 2014 to make way for parking lots and other Olympic-facility construction. Some families refused to leave and continued to live near the venue.

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Olympic Stadium

Home to track-and-field events in the Maracanã region

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The venue was originally built to host the 2007 Pan American Games. Its seating capacity has been temporarily expanded from 45,000 to 60,000 to accommodate track-and-field events and soccer matches of the 2016 Olympic Games. Water and electricity were shut off in the facility earlier this year as city government and soccer club officials debated who was responsible for unpaid utility bills. The venue is in the same region as the Maracanã Stadium, which experienced community opposition to forced evictions of Metrô-Mangueira neighborhood residents.

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Track and field


Amazônia Arena

Soccer in the Amazon, 2,000 miles away from Rio

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The $300 million, 45,000-spectator stadium was built in the city of Manaus and surrounding rainforest to host four matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Since the world soccer tournament, the stadium has struggled to attract occupants and events. There has been controversy over the venue’s construction cost, necessity and location. FIFA initially opposed the selection of Amazônia Arena to host 2016 Olympic soccer matches, citing preference for venues closer to Rio. The extremely hot conditions in Manaus have also been a concern regarding its impact on player performance.

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