Sport week: Athletics venue at Rio 2016

The sport will be contested in the Olympic Stadium during September’s Paralympic Games. 20 May 2016
View on an empty stadium with a blue track

The Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will host the athletics competitions during the Rio 2016 Paralympics Games.

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The 177 medal events in Para athletics at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will take place in the Olympic Stadium from 8-18 September, with 1,100 athletes expected to compete.

This venue, located in the Engenho de Dentro neighborhood, was built for the 2007 Pan American Games and is the home ground of Botafogo Football Club. For the Games its capacity has been increased from 45,000 to 60,000.

A new Mondo track was recently laid for the Rio 2016 Games giving athletes the best possible conditions to clock fast times and distances.

Editor’s note: Each sport on the Rio 2016 Paralympic programme will have a dedicated week of featured content published on Every week a new sport will be featured and the series will run until September’s Games, helping the public understand more about the 22 sports being contested in Rio.


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs).

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.