Copacabana Stadium

Copacabana Stadium, also known as the Beach Volleyball Arena[1][2] (Portuguese: Arena de Vôlei de Praia),[3] was a temporary stadium located on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that hosted the beach volleyball competition of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4][5] It was erected in 2016 specifically for the Olympic Games and was planned to be dismantled after the Games.[6]

Copacabana Stadium in May 2016, while under construction
The Copacabana Stadium during an Olympic volleyball match

It opened on 26 July 2016[7] and had a seating capacity of 12,000.[8]


The site has previously been used for other international sports competitions, using temporary facilities. In 2007, the site hosted the 2007 Pan American Games' beach volleyball, triathlon and aquatic marathon competitions, it also hosted same sports at the 2011 Military World Games. For triathlon, the swimming stage was placed at one end of the beach – Posto 6 – and the cycling and racing events were held between Posto 2 and Posto 6. The swimming marathon used the same structure of triathlon. Beach volleyball matches were played at the Copacabana Arena on Posto 2.

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  1. ^ "Discover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Competition Venues!". International Olympic Committee. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  2. ^ Wellman, Alex (6 August 2016). "Rio Olympics bomb scare after suspect package found at Beach Volleyball Arena on Copacabana beach during opening ceremony". Daily Mirror. UK. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  3. ^ "Locais de Competição" [Venues]. Rio 2016 official website (in Portuguese). Rio de Janeiro Olympics organizing committee. Archived from the original on 2016-08-07.
  4. ^ Hine, Chris (August 7, 2016). "Rio Olympics: 12 things you need to know about the beach volleyball competition". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "At Copacabana, Olympic beach volleyball is always in fashion". NBCUniversal. Associated Press. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  6. ^ Dailey, Jessica; Marani, Matthew (27 July 2016). "Every 2016 Olympic venue in Rio de Janeiro, mapped". Curbed. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  7. ^ Ackerman, John (27 July 2016). "'Beautiful' beach volleyball arena opens on Copacabana beach". Olympic Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  8. ^ McGowan, Tom (7 August 2016). "Summer Olympics: Sun, sea, sand — and beach volleyball". CNN International. Retrieved 2016-08-07.

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