This 3D printed model of Arena Maracanã was used to demonstrate the ideas the architects had in mind for the renovation, and it was printed in Rigid Opaque White material on an Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer.

detail viewThe Arena Maracanã soccer stadium is a virtual cathedral of soccer. The legendary stadium rates that sort of status as futbol is very nearly a religion in the country where it was built.

Originally created to play host to the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it was also the site of a tragedy of monumental sporting import – at least if you're a Brazilian fan of the Selecao.

You see, it was at the World Cup in the Maracanã that goalkeeper Moacyr Barbosa Nascimento's miscue caused the Brazilian National Team to lose 2-1 to bitter rivals Uruguay and left him forever known as "the man who made Brazil cry."

If you have a hard time understanding how a soccer game could cause such anguish, consider the words of Brazilian author and playwright, Nelson Rodrigues:

"Everywhere has its irremediable national catastrophe, something like a Hiroshima. Our catastrophe, our Hiroshima, was the defeat by Uruguay in 1950."

Historical Arena Maracanã

Now 60-plus years later, the tragedy has been renewed with the national team's 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Germans, but at least the architectural firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados gave the existing stadium a facelift.

The 78,838-seat Maracanã project was completed in 2013 and it featured a "floating roof" designed by, in a sort of cruel twist of fate, the Germany firm Schlaich Bergermann und Partner.

Lead architect Daniel Fernandes was the prime mover of the project.

"We think of modernity and functionality of stadiums, always worrying about the comfort of spectators with the optimization of natural resources, and also with the future development of the region around these projects," Fernandes said.

This 3D printed model of the stadium was used to demonstrate the ideas the architects had in mind for the renovation, and it was printed in Rigid Opaque White material on an Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer. Stratasys printed the model, and it was assembled from only two parts – the roof and the base.