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Come on Rio........are there ANY pretty venues at all??

I agree with the complaints about oringinality, the revealed renderings reminds London games, but c'mon, all renders shows nice stadiums.

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It's nice to have stunning venues, but at the end of the day, it's the conduct of the games that matter. I don't think Sydney set any great architectural benchmarks, but I still fancy we put on a decent event.

And when you have stunning background scenery and landscape like Rio, who needs pretty buildings to hog the spotlight?

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It's nice to have stunning venues, but at the end of the day, it's the conduct of the games that matter. I don't think Sydney set any great architectural benchmarks, but I still fancy we put on a decent event.

I fancy you did as well, and I still think Sydney was a more remarkable Games than Beijing, who went all out with their awe inspiring architecture. B)

It's always nice to have one or two stand out venues, but it's not vital, and some hosts probably go too far in the other direction by trying to make everything as big and shouty as possible. As you say, the backdrop will be Rio's major selling point. The renders of the outside diving venue for a start look amazing.

And these are only a handful of new venue designs anyway, two of which are entirely temporary.

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It’s simply a beach view…..is that really such a unique stunner? I mean I like a beach as much as the next guy but it’s just like a back yard for many.

So your backyard has Sugar Loaf mountain as a backdrop? There's beaches and beaches, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find one with such a stunning setting!

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I think that at the end of the day that's going to be Rio's drawcard - a games taking place amidst one of the most stunning and iconic cityscapes and landscapes in the world. As for the diving venue? I really think it's the most spectacular for the event, if not ANY event, since Barcelona's amazing diving against the backdrop of the Sagrada Familia and cityscape.

It's probably that feature alone that's making me more excited in anticipation for Rio than most other games editions.

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HA....to be honest I totally forgot the hilly bit showed beyond, for some reason I only remembered sand/water….OK OK it’s would be fun to sit there and watch some diving .



More interesting is…what are those 2 weird guys at the close corner of the pool doing, and check out the denim short cuffs on that chick to the left…super huge.


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Those 2 guys doesn't even exist, it's just a render... Graphic artists are crazy people :rolleyes:

Meanwhile in Maracana, final works and some pics really give us a taste what stadium will look like in broadcastings seeing from inside

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But still some work to be done

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HA....to be honest I totally forgot the hilly bit showed beyond, for some reason I only remembered sand/water….

Have fun with this video from Rio City Hall showing the landscape of city and making a joke with the Olympian Deities arriving in Rio

It's subtitled in English ;)

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MORE FROM RIO DE JANEIRO...

Works started to recover the roof in Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium

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New sightseeing buses of Rio

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First cable car in the line of Morro da Providencia is under tests.

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The cable car will link Downtown Central do Brasil's train station to Providência (first favela of Rio)

Refurbshment of old Rio's Downtown housing

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New Port Area underground Avenue

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Bonus pic:
Ipanema and Leblon beaches

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Bonus pic 2
Sunrise in Rio and the Tijuca Forest

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Have fun with this video from Rio City Hall showing the landscape of city and making a joke with the Olympian Deities arriving in Rio

It's subtitled in English ;)

That’s a FANTASTIC video, this should have been the bid video! I love that song.

Really cool music makes me want to go on holiday. I need a tropical getaway.

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That’s a FANTASTIC video, this should have been the bid video! I love that song.

Really cool music makes me want to go on holiday. I need a tropical getaway.

Glad you liked, Paul.

I think the lyrics would sound a bit arrogant for a bid video, like "Zeus said: the games are coming". Not nice for a bid.

But since Rio is already awarded the games, the song got great.

The deities in carioca-way-of-life got so nice. And also the rhytym is very Rio-ish.

About you tropical getaway ome to Rio, you won't regret! But come in 2016, the city is really under works and it's a bit chaotic to get around now.

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Wow Maracana looks AMAZING, the roof makes it give a 90,000 stadium ilusion!

We will have to wait and see what it looks like ready when all the seats are installed, but at the moment I do think it's fantastic from outside but less inspiring inside. I understand that the old structures of the stadium make the work complicated but all those empty spaces between different sections and tiers combined with a low height make it look somehow messy.

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We will have to wait and see what it looks like ready when all the seats are installed, but at the moment I do think it's fantastic from outside but less inspiring inside. I understand that the old structures of the stadium make the work complicated but all those empty spaces between different sections and tiers combined with a low height make it look somehow messy.

Check this video, reindeer

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Unfortunately the video just seems to prove my doubts. The new look is not very unified in my opinion (even if the lights are superior!). The stadium looks a bit small despite its size, which can be a good or bad thing, and the stands don't rise steeply enough. The old Maracana was more imposing although to be honest I never have considered it as one of the most impressive stadiums architecturally but rather as an iconic venue because of its historical importance.

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I don't think Maracana is all that spectacular tbh

Again and again: Maracana was never about "archectural breathtaking landmark", for this even Brazil have a list of several places more spectacular than Maracana...

Maracana is part of the soul of Brazil and we are happy to see it renewed and shining. Maybe for some other country can sound weird all that pride about a Stadium, but face the facts, Brazilians are mad for football, it's not that hard to understand it.

For a country with almost no war history and fun-loving, our national pride places are "stadiums and sambadromes".

... and beaches too!!!

Unfortunately the video just seems to prove my doubts. The new look is not very unified in my opinion (even if the lights are superior!). The stadium looks a bit small despite its size, which can be a good or bad thing, and the stands don't rise steeply enough. The old Maracana was more imposing although to be honest I never have considered it as one of the most impressive stadiums architecturally but rather as an iconic venue because of its historical importance.

Fair enough.

Maracana was built in 1950, and I do agree with the "shrunk Maracana" thing too. Still, in my thoughts, before cast a final opinion I'll wait Brazil vs. England match next month. I'd like to see how Maracana will look like crowded.

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In these latest photos it looks quite a bit better than. First thing I thought was that it reminds me of Rome's Olimpico, except for the missing track. The relative "smallness" can be a good thing if it creates an intimate atmosphere.



Can't edit the post but I meant that it looks better than I thought initially.



The stadium gives an airy and light impression.

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