The city has had major infrastructure problems to contend with. Close to $10 billion was spent on getting this sorted, to make sure competitors and fans alike could make their way to the 37 venues throughout Rio and its co-host cities.
There’s a huge number of athletes attending the event, 10,500 to be precise. They will be competing among the world’s best for 4,924 medals. 500,000 travellers will arrive in Brazil’s capital city to watch them, with some 7.5 million tickets on sale for the different sporting events.
Rio officials have made safety a priority for visiting athletes and tourists alike. 85,000 security personnel (twice as many as there were in London) have been deployed in the city. 200 kilometres of security fencing will also be used at the games - all funded by an incredible $1.2 billion budget.
There have been ongoing worries about the Zika virus in Rio, and with good reason. 26,000 new cases of Zika were reported in the first three months of 2016. But, since then, officials report a 90 percent decrease in new cases in Brazil, and $8 million has been invested by Brazil’s Ministry of Health, to ensure the well-being of those attending.
$2000: The cost of the most expensive opening ceremony ticket. The least expensive costs around $90 and is only sold in Brazil.