WEB DESK: RIO DE JANEIRO – When Rio de Janeiro opens the Olympic Games on August 5, they will be the first ever staged in South America. And here are 20 more eye-catching statistics:
17,000 — number of Olympic athletes and officials.
78,000 — the capacity of Maracana stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.
206 — countries competing in the August 5-21 Games.
1 — team of refugees competing under the Olympic banner for the first time.
7.5 million — tickets on sale.
10 — miles (16 kilometers), length of the extension of the underground metro system, the biggest infrastructure project in preparation for the Games.
4 — zones across Rio where events will unfold: the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca, Deodoro, Copacabana beach, and the Maracana and Olympic stadiums in the north.
25,000 — number of journalists covering the Games.
500,000 — estimate of tourists expected to attend the Games.
61 — percentage of Rio residents in a recent poll who said the Games will be great. Another 27 percent fear a mess.
31 — number of tower blocks making up the Olympic Village
The 3,604 apartments will be sold off after the Games.
60,000 — meals per day to be served at the huge Olympic Village dining hall.
5 — number of jumbo jets you could fit into that dining hall.
80,000 — chairs for the Olympic Village.
7 — players in rugby sevens, which brings the oval ball game to the Olympics for the first time ever.