Sport Week: Para-archery venue at Rio 2016

The competition will take place in one of Rio’s iconic, cultural venues. 27 Apr 2016
Aerial view of a big stadium in a city
Aerial view of the Sambodromo, the venue for para-archery at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
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By Emily Bayci | For the IPC

Para-archery at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will be held in the Sambódromo, the home of Rio’s famous annual carnival parade. The venue is located in the Maracana cluster, northeast from Rio de Janeiro, and will also host Olympic archery, as well as the start and finish of the Olympic marathon.

The arena is a major tourist attraction and one of Rio’s greatest cultural symbols. It can hold about 4,200 spectators.

Archers competed in a Test Event at the Sambodromo from 15-22 September 2015.

In a press release, World Archery Secretary General Tom Dielen said: “Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Sambodromo displayed its potential for being one of the best, if not the best, venues at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games [this] summer.”

The Sambodromo was opened in 1984 and built to house a school throughout the year and a samba parade ground during carnival. The parade ground was remodelled in 2011.

The area around the Sambodromo is rich in culture, with the “Crescer e Viver” (“Grow and Live”) Circus School nearby, along with the Rio Museum of Art and the Museum of Tomorrow.

The Maracana zone is close to the city centre. Along with the Sambodromo, it includes the Maracana stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and football matches.

Para-archery competitions will be held 10-17 September.

Helpful Links

Rio 2016 venue map

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.