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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 06.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

São Januário, nicknamed the Giant of the Hill, opened on 21 April 1927 with a match between Vasco da Gama and Santos. 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. The São Januário stadium has hosted the Brazilian national team on a regular basis in the 1930s and 1940s, but has only been able to hold two international friendlies since the completion of Maracaña in 1950.

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

The stadium underwent a recent interior refurbishment, VIP areas, and seating areas.

How to get to Sao Januario

São Januário is located in the north of Rio de Janeiro, about 7 kilometers north-west of downtown Rio de Janeiro, 5 kilometers north-west from the central rail station, and 3 kilometers from the Rodoviária Novo Rio long distance bus station. There are various bus services that can bring you to the stadium.

Bus 473 will get you from Copacabana to the stadium. Get on the bus at the Tonelera Rua. The stadium will be at the end of the line.

You can board Bus 472 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 beach.

From Ipanema you can catch bus 474 which goes through Copacabana (Av Ns de Copacabana), Flamengo, and downtown. The bus stops a 5-minute walk away from the stadium.

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

Vasco da Gama Tickets

To purchase Vasco da Gama tickets online, at the ticket office at São Januário, or at any of the other sales points, visit the club office in Lagoa or one of multiple club shops, including the one at Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães 286 in Copacabana. Tickets tend to go on sale from a few days before the match.

Tickets can be bought at the ticket windows of the stadium before the start of a match, though the local derbies may sell out.

Tickets will range in price 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.

Sao Januario Stadium Tours

The stadium tours offered by Vasco da Gama include access to the trophy room, VIP areas, and the stadium chapel. Tours run multiple times a day on Mondays to Saturdays, with English-language tours on Saturdays. Check the official website for current schedules.

The tour costs R$40.00. You can email [email protected] for bookings and more information.

Useful Internet links

The official website of CR Vasco da Gama, the official guide to Rio de Janeiro, and the public transport journey planner Vadeonibus all belong to Crvascodagama.com. Photo credits: Diego Baravelli

I took a taxi from Maracana for 20 reals and came back the same way. Taxi fares are very cheap there, so it's not worth going by bus unless you know the area very well. Tickets are sold outside the stadium by fans as well as in the ticket offices.

I went to the stadium to watch Vasco play Sao Paulo today. The stadium is amazing and the fans were even better. The atmosphere was the best I experienced while in Brazil. I paid 20 reals for a taxi ride there and 20 reals to return home. Taxis are very cheap in Brazil, so there is no need to go by bus if you don't know the area. Tickets can be bought outside of the stadium by fans as well as at the ticket offices.

A definite experience worthwhile for football fans visiting Rio, with the only downside being not so good transportation to the site. The area is also surrounded by a favela in one end of the grounds, but that normally does not affect travellers.

A definite experience that is worth visiting for football fans visiting Rio, the only downside being that transportation to the site is not so good. The area is also surrounded by a favela in one end of the grounds, but that normally does not affect travellers.

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