To host the XV Pan American Games Rio 2007, the Nelson Piquet International Speedway, administered by Rio de Janeiro City Hall and an arena of important international motor sport races such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Formula Indy and Motorcycle Speed Races, was turned into a mega sports complex with the capacity to stage several sport disciplines.
The site now counts on modern constructions such as the Rio Multipurpose Arena, where the Games’ Basketball and Artistic Gymnastics competitions will be held; the Maria Lenk National Aquatic Center, venue for the Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Diving competitions; and the Barra Velodrome, where the Cycling (track) and Speed Skating events will take place.
The Complex also plays an important role in the Parapan American Games Rio 2007; the Rio Multipurpose Arena will be the place of the Opening and Closing ceremonies and also the arena for Wheelchair Basketball, and the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park will hold the Swimming competitions.
Avenida Embaixador Abelardo Bueno, s/nº, Barra da Tijuca
Basketball, Cycling (track), Artistic Gymnastics, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Roller Skating (Speed) and Diving.
Period of Activity
July 14th to July 29th
During the Parapan American Games
Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball – from August 12th to August 19th
- Rio Multipurpose Arena (Basketball and Artistic Gymnastics) – 15,000 spectators
- Maria Lenk Aquatic Park (Swimming, Synchronized Swimming and Diving) – 5,000 spectators
- Barra Velodrome (Cycling- Track – and Speed Skating) – 1,500 spectators
1 million m²
Distance from the Village
How to arrive
Due to the construction features of the City of Sports Complex, control of public access will be made through a single entrance at Avenida Aberlardo Bueno. Additional parking spaces will be provided for journalists, Pan American Family official cars and service vehicles only. Buses circulating near the public access to the Multipurpose Arena and the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park are: Circular Barra A and Circular Barra B and the conventional city bus lines 708, 2113, 268, 706 and 736.
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