Report Stadium progress in Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Posted March 28, 2013 I just wish maracana was a bit taller, feels very claustrophobic by looking at the pics . It's the new roof dimensions that make is more enclosed and compact. The old roof didn't extend so far, only covered the upper parts of the second tier. And the stands have a more shallow angle than modern stadiums, i think that's what you mean with taller. Makes it look like it has been flattened by pressure from above. Is it me or do other people also see a resemblance with american college football stadiums like michigan stadium and the rose bowl? Maracana also has this shallow bowl architecture.