- "Down through its history, only three people have managed to silence the Maracana: the Pope, Frank Sinatra, and me."
- –Alcides Ghiggia, Uruguayan soccer player
Before the release of Gathering Storm, the Estádio do Maracanã is a Wonder that does not seem to serve any particular purpose. It gives rather similar empire-wide bonuses as the Colosseum, but arrives so late in the game that none of its bonus actually matters. Considering this is the last Wonder in the game, unlocked at the penultimate Civic, the extra Culture seems pointless and redundant.
With the release of Gathering Storm, a new era is introduced, the extra Culture is now actually used for something, so the Wonder does not get super useful, but at least now it is given somewhat of a purpose (a.k.a unlocking your Future Era Civics a bit faster). If you have enough cities in your empire to make this Wonder's bonus really meaningful, you probably will win regardless, so a "win-more" Wonder like this one should never be a core part of any strategy. But hey, it is a really nice-looking Wonder though!
Civilopedia entry Edit
Officially the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho – must have been a heck of a sports writer to get a stadium named after him – but better known as the Maracanã, the futebol stadium is part of a large complex in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Begun in 1948 AD, after Brazil had won the right to host the FIFA World Cup, it was opened (more-or-less, for construction was not complete) for the first matches in that contest in 1950. Unfortunately, heavily favored Brazil was upset in the final by the team from Uruguay, 2-1, before a crowd of 199,854 rabid fans – making it the world’s largest (and loudest) stadium at the time. Since then the Maracanã has served as host to the Pan-American Games, another World Cup, numerous concerts and cultural events, and thousands of soccer matches. Having been renovated to a smaller capacity (78,838) and more comfortable accommodations (including 292 new toilets), the stadium hosted the Olympics (Summer, obviously) for the first time in 2016.