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The Rio Olympics—By the Numbers

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Tasso Marcelo—AFP

Tasso Marcelo—AFP

Twenty statistics about the upcoming Olympic Games in South America.

When Rio de Janeiro opens the Olympic Games on Aug. 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 Aug. 5-21 Games.

1

Team of refugees competing under the Olympic banner for the first time.

7.5 million

Tickets on sale.

10 miles

The 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

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

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

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.

400

Footballs expected to be used in Olympic competition.

0

Times that football powerhouse Brazil has won an Olympic medal in the sport.

112

Years since golf was last in the Olympics.

2

Brazilian presidents expected at the opening ceremony: Dilma Rousseff, who is suspended and on the verge of being removed from office, and her rival Michel Temer, who is temporarily replacing her.

450,000

Condoms awaiting the roughly 11,000 athletes, so about 41 each, or two each a day.

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