Carioca Arena 1

Carioca Arena 1 (Portuguese: Arena Carioca 1) is an indoor stadium in Barra da Tijuca in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The venue hosted basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics as well as wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. As with a number of other venues in the Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 1 was transformed after the games to become part of the Olympic Training Centre.[1][2][3]

Carioca Arena 1
Arena Carioca 1
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Aerial view of the Carioca complex at Barra Olympic Park in May 2016; Arena 1 is the largest visible at top
Carioca Arena 1 is located in Rio de Janeiro
Carioca Arena 1
Carioca Arena 1
Location within Rio de Janeiro
LocationBarra Olympic Park
Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Coordinates22°58′35″S 43°23′32″W / 22.976511°S 43.392334°W / -22.976511; -43.392334
OwnerCity of Rio de Janeiro
CapacityBasketball: 16,000
(2016 Summer Olympics)
(after 2016 Summer Olympics)
Broke groundJuly 2013


The interior of Carioca Arena 1

Construction on the arena began in July 2013. The arena covers 38 thousand square meters.[4] The arena's capacity for the 2016 Summer Olympics was 16,000 spectators. However, it was lowered to 6,000 after the Olympics. The facade has a height of 33 meters, and its shape is inspired by the mountainous landscape of the city. The track was built with two types of wood, one for a different track and to the surrounding area, as well as a system for absorbing blows of the sport.[5] The arena has 282 rooms, 49 bathrooms, eight dressing rooms and six lifts.

The estimated cost for the planned complex of three arenas (Carioca 1, Carioca 2 and Carioca 3), the IBC, MPC, a hotel, and the structure of the Olympic Park was 1.678 billion Brazilian reais, including part of the public initiative and private money. This was handled between the Prefecture of Rio de Janeiro and the private sector.

The work was completed in January 2016.[6] As a part of the arena's opening events, there was the Basketball Tournament International Women Aquece River, held from 15 to 17, January 2016, and the International Championship of Wheelchair Rugby Rio Aquece, held from 29 to 31 January, 2016.

Major sporting events hostedEdit

Date Competition Home Team H A Away Team Ref.
27 November 2017 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier   Brazil 72 60   Venezuela
17 February 2019 2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup Final   AEK 86 70   Flamengo

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Introducing Carioca Arena 1… the new home of Olympic basketball". Rio 2016. 12 January 2016. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Arena Carioca 1". globoesporte (in Portuguese). Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Carioca Arena 1". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 26 February 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Fue oficialmente presentada la Arena Carioca 1" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  5. ^ "Río presenta la Arena Carioca 1, el hogar del baloncesto en los Juegos". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-16.
  6. ^ "Prefeitura entrega Arena Carioca 1, no Parque Olímpico, para os Jogos 2016" (in Portuguese). 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-08-16.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Arena Carioca 1 at Wikimedia Commons

Events and tenants
Preceded by
Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín
San Cristóbal de La Laguna
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín
San Cristóbal de La Laguna