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Rio de Janeiro, July 26, 2017 13h42

Rio 2016

Rio Media Center

Olympic Project

The Olympic project rests on the partnership of Rio City Hall with the two other Government levels (Federal and State), the Olympic Public Authority and Rio 2016 Committee, and on three pillars – legacy, savings to public resources and to work within the schedule and without ‘white elephants’.

City Hall presented solutions to reduce the use of public resources throughout all its actions. Public-Private partnerships and the attraction of investments were of vital importance to meet the target. Those initiatives ensured the city’s financial sustainability and at the same time make important projects like the construction of the Olympic Park and the Athletes’ Village, Sambadrome’s renovation and the revitalization of the Port Area, feasible.


Located in Barra da Tijuca, at the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, the Olympic Park is the heart of Rio 2016 Games. It occupies an area of 1.18M m2 and will host 16 Olympic disciplines (basketball, cycling/track, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, handball, judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, wrestling, synchronized swimming, swimming, aquatic polo, ornamental jumping, taekwondo, fencing and tennis) and 9 Paralympic (wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, boccia, judo, goalball, wheelchair tennis, cycling, football 5-a-side and swimming). After the Games, the Olympic Park will be a spacious education & sports complex in Barra and Jacarepaguá area. Aimed at students issued from public schools and elite athletes, it will be shared with social projects and events. From the 9 venues composing the Olympic Park, 7 will remain after 2016: Carioca Arena 1, 2 and 3; Maria Lenk Aquatics Park, Arena Rio, Rio Olympic Velodrome and Olympic Tennis Center. After the Games end, an Olympic-standard track stadium, two beach volleyball courts and living quarters for foundation and elite athletes. The Olympic Way is the main pedestrian access to the sports venues, being a kilometer long and offering five terraces and two belvederes. The traditional boardwalk of Copacabana inspired its curvy shape and from here, spectators can access the different venues. The pathway starts at the main gate at Embaixador Abelardo Bueno Avenue, makes its way through the Park, to end at the edge of the Jacarepaguá Lagoon, where the Live Site will be. The Olympic Way was designed with a maximum inclination of 3.9º to ensure comfort to the public, especially people with mobility issues. After the Games, it will be transformed into a public park with pathways, squares, bike paths, convivial areas and sports courts.

The 10,000 seat-space will be transformed into an Olympic Experimental School (GEO in Portuguese), a sports-oriented school for 1,000 full-time students – making it the largest in the city with its 24 classrooms, Science & Media Labs and 2 multi-purpose rooms. The classrooms and training rooms will occupy the space previously used by the temporary grandstands. During the Games, Carioca Arena 3 will host the fencing, taekwondo and Paralympic judo. The GEO will also host social projects, offering youngsters the possibility to enroll in activities such as badminton, judo, wrestling, table tennis, archery, handball, futsal, basketball, volleyball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and to use the equipped gym. Monthly, the GEO will be able to reach close to 9,500 people.

The Velodrome will host the track cycling competitions on its 5,000 seats. After the Games, the venue will become a multi-use space, using all the available space. The arena – the most modern velodrome in Brazil – will receive the best Brazilian athletes for technical enhancement, teams from social project to introduce them the sport, and host international competitions and other events. The infield will receive equipment for four other disciplines: taekwondo, fencing, boxing and powerlifting.

With 16,000 seats, Carioca Arena 1 will host the basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby competitions. After the Games, the area will target the practice for elite athletes – with changing rooms and an equipped gym – and to promote events, such as shows, fairs, exhibits and sport competitions. Part of the grandstands will be disassembled, leaving the space with 7,500 permanent seats.

Carioca Arena 2 will host judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, wrestling, boccia. After the Games, it will be used exclusively for high-performance sports, receiving athletes from powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, badminton, fencing, trampoline and table tennis. During the event the arena will have 10,000 seats that will be removed, giving space to training rooms. There will be changing rooms, rooms for coaches and a sports equipment shop.

With total capacity of 19,750 seats, the Tennis Center will host the tennis, wheelchair tennis and football 5-a-side tennis, wheelchair tennis, football 5-a-side. The 16 court complex will be reduced in number after the event, but will still be able to receive elite athletes, students from social project’s tennis workshops and to host international competitions. The main arena, with its permanent 10,000 seats, and 8 courts – where additional temporary seats can be added – will remain.

With capacity for 12,000 people, the space will host the handball and goalball competitions. Arena of the Future will be dismantled and transformed into four schools that will be re-assembled around Jacarepaguá, each one with capacity for 500 students.

Headquarters for the swimming, water polo and Paralympic swimming, holding 18,000 seats, the Aquatics Stadium will be transformed after the Games into two aquatics centers – one with a covered Olympic pool (50mts.) and 6,000 seat grandstands, and the other with an Olympic pool and 3,000 seat grandstands.

With 5,000 seats, the Aquatics Park will host the diving, synchronized swimming and water polo (preliminary phase) competitions. After the Games it will keep focusing on high performance events, but will broaden its use to receive up to 800 youngsters issued from social projects and practice aquatic disciplines. Swimming classes to student’s from next-door GEO will also be taught at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Park. As since its opening, the venue will keep hosting national and international competitions.

Already a consolidated venue for cultural and sports events (concerts, basketball and MMA fights), Rio Arena will host artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and wheelchair basketball competitions. The arena has a total capacity for 12,000 people. In January 2015, a 1,400m2 Training Center for Artistic Gymnastics was opened there – it is since then managed by the BOC (Brazilian Olympics Committee) and will remain so after the Games.

The IBC will have twelve 5,000m2 studios, with a capacity of 10,000 people each.

After the Games, it will become a commercial hub, with shops, offices and restaurants.

Four pavilions at the Convention Center in Barra da Tijuca will be used during the Games. Pavilion 2, 3 and 4 will have 6,500 seats each and will host Olympic and Paralympic weightlifting (P2), Olympic and Paralympic table tennis (P3) and badminton (P4). With 9,000 seats, Pavilion 6 will host boxing and sitting volleyball.

Located in Deodoro/North Zone, the venue will host competitions for 11 Olympic and 4 Paralympic disciplines. The X-Park will host the competitions of canoe slalom, BMX cycling and mountain bike. After the Games it will be open for good to the public, with a swimming pool and facilities for extreme sports. The facilities that existed at the Deodoro Sports Complex from the Pan American Games 2007 – National Shooting Center, Equestrian Center, Hockey Center and the Modern Pentathlon Swimming Pool – will remain under the management of the Brazilian Army, as well as the new Youth Arena. All the venues will still receive national elite teams and host national and international competitions. Existing venues: A 7,577 seat venue, the Shooting Center will host the Olympic and Paralympic shooting competitions. The Modern Pentathlon Swimming pool can receive 2,000 people. The Equestrian Center will host the equestrian dressage, eventing and jumping (Olympic) and dressage (Paralympic) competitions and can receive 35,200 people: 14,200 seats at the jumping and dressage arena, being 1,200 permanent, and the cross-country 20,000 standing spectators and 1,000 temporary seats. The Hockey Center will have 13,000 seats. New permanent venues: The headquarter for the modern pentathlon's fencing matches, the group stage of the women's basketball tournament and wheelchair fencing, the Youth Arena will have 2,000 permanent and 3,000 temporary seats. The BMX track sits 7,500 people on temporary seats and will remain after the Games. There will be besides the track some multi-sport courts. The facilities of the Whitewater Stadium, with 8,424 temporary seats, will become a large swimming pool, without the obstacles to create a recreational lake and a gentle stream down the channel. The venue will receive elite athletes as well. Temporary venues: The Deodoro Stadium, which will host the rugby, modern pentathlon (running & shooting and horse riding) and football 7-a-side competitions will have 15,000 seats, while the Mountain Bike circuit will be able to receive 25,000 standing people.  

With a total capacity of 10,000 seats, Marina da Glória – located at the South Zone – will host the Olympic and Paralympic sailing competitions. The space that was previously restricted to boat owners was refurbished and is now open to the public, with restaurants, nautical shops, a parking lot for 470 cars, a bike parking lot, among other facilities. The landscape at new public area was designed by Burle Marx’s studio.

Home to the marathon’s start and finishing lines, Olympic and Paralympic archery, the Sambadrome, located downtown, will receive up to 18,000 for the marathon and 3,800 for the archery competitions. The adaptation work was carried out by Oscar Niemeyer’s studio, followed his original blueprint, where both sides were symmetric. The old luxury suites at Sector 2 were demolished and a new block with four modules of bleachers, luxury suites and front boxes was built instead. It increased from 60,000 to 72,500 seats, and added adapted elevator and toilets, health center, luxury suites and front boxes, security room, besides an allocated area for judges during Carnival.

Located at Engenho de Dentro, in North Zone, the Olympic Stadium will be the stage for the athletics and football competitions. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 60,000 people, being 15,000 temporary seats.

An estimated 70,000 people will ride on Transolímpica BRT daily; the system will shorten the journey time between Recreio dos Bandeirantes and Deodoro by 60%. 25km-long (13km of express corridor) and offering 21 stations (including the terminals), Transolímpica will form a network with Transcarioca in Curicica, and Transoeste in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, besides the SuperVia trains and, in the near future, the transbrasil BRT – both in Deodoro.

Transoeste BRT, in operation since June 2012, is already benefiting around 200,000 passengers per day, reducing journey time by up to 50% in the express corridor linking Santa Cruz / Campo Grande to Alvorada Terminal in Barra da Tijuca. The City Hall is extending it by 6 kilometers, with the construction of Lote Zero, connecting Alvorada Bus Terminal to Jardim Oceânico/Barra da Tijuca, where subway’s line 4 station will be. The BRT will be 58 km-long, with 62 stations and 4 terminals. The forecast is to have it delivered by July 2016, before the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once Lote Zero is finished, the number of benefitted passengers with the Transoeste BRT should reach 320,000.

The LRT (VLT Carioca) was inaugurated in early June and will connect downtown Rio to the Port Area throughout its 28km, integrating other transport systems such as metro, trains, ferries, Previdência cable car, Novo Rio bus terminal, BRT, conventional bus lines, Santos Dumont Airport and, in the future, the Transbrasil BRT. During the Rio 2016 Games, it will be operating between Santos Dumont Airport on one extremity and Novo Rio bus station on the other, with 17 stops and one station. The connection between Central do Brasil station and Praça XV will be operative on the second half of 2016, with 28 stops and three stations.

Opened end of May 2016, the New Joá is 5 km-long and ensured the increase in the vehicles flow between the South Zone and Barra da Tijuca (West Zone) by 35% - it can be used on reverse mode during peak hours. The structure has two lanes and two tunnels, parallel to the existing one, going from São Conrado to Barra da Tijuca.

An urban requalification and prolongation project of s stretch at the Embaixador Abelardo Bueno Avenue and throughout Salvador Allende Avenue, in Barra da Tijuca, which allowed for the implementation of the Transolímpica BRT. Both streets received new collectors in order to have five lanes each way, increasing the traffic capacity in the area. The system will also be connected to Transoeste and Transcarioca BRTs. The work benefit the Olympic Park’s surroundings and more than double the traffic capacity on both avenues, besides implementing a draining system (inexistent until now) and promoting the re-design of the lightning system in the area.

The project has been transforming degraded spaces in Jacarepaguá area, at the West Zone, into new areas with paved sidewalks and leisure equipment. Around 350,000 residents are being directly benefited by the project, which will reduce flooding in the region after 14 local river were modified. The interventions include improvements in the drainage conditions, as well as environmental education actions and the increase of drainage capacity.

The new Sewage Treatment station in the west zone, inaugurated in May 2016, and will benefit around 430,000 people in 21 neighborhoods, the equivalent to 48% of the municipality’s territory. In November 2016, once it has reached its full capacity, 65 million liters of daily sewage will stop reaching the Guanabara Bay: it is the equivalent to the sewage collected and treated in the city of Niterói. With this delivery, the City Hall fulfils its Olympic engagement to fully sanitize the Marangá River basin’s region – the most populated in the west zone.

Works at Porto Maravilha are recovering the urban infrastructure in the Port Area, with a new mean of transportation, the LRT, and leisure options, such as the revitalized Praça Mauá, the new Orla Conde and the Rio Art Museum and Museum of Tomorrow. The project embraces an area of 5 million square meters, of what 70km are roads and streets, and includes the construction of four tunnels, including the longest urban road tunnel in the city. The interventions gave back to the city some of its archaeological treasures, such as the old Empress Quay and Valongo’s Hanging Gardens.

The Flood Control program included the construction of five underground reservoirs at the Grande Tijuca, north zone, and Joana River’s course deviation to alleviate the Mangue channel. The reservoirs at Praça da Bandeira, Niterói Square and Varnhagen Square were already inaugurated and the river deviation is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

The recovery project for the Olympic Stadium surroundings, in Engenho de Dentro, included the creation of Praça do Trem, the urbanization of 36 surrounding streets, the construction of a 2-km cycle path, and the refurbishments in sidewalks in order to ensure the accessibility to impaired people. With 35,000 square meters, the Railway Square was inaugurated in May 2016, is the largest leisure are in Grande Méier and one of the major pieces in the Legacy list from the Rio 2016 Games to those living in the region. Aiming at highlighting its railway-related past, two old warehouses and an administration building were restored, hosting now the Olympic Knowledge Vault amd Olympic City Museum. The project revitalized the historic buildings – part of the Municipality’s listed heritage sites. Praça do Trem received a new lightning and landscape project, besides improvements in the drainage and paving infrastructure.