The Rio Olympics could have two cauldrons for the Olympic flame.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held in the Maracana stadium. In a departure from the norm, the ceremonies stadium is not the stadium that will be used for track and field.
Maracana will be one of the soccer venues. Nilton Santos Stadium will host track and field and is designated by organizers as the “Olympic Stadium.”
“There has to be a flame at the Maracana because it will be lit there,” Leonardo Caetano, Rio 2016 director of ceremonies for Rio 2016, told O Globo, according to a Reuters translation. “And the Olympic Stadium historically has a flame. So the way to go is with two flames. But nothing has been decided yet.”
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said he hadn’t thought about the number of cauldrons.
“I am in favor of a solution where people can see that the Olympic flame is in the city and that allows them to feel the Olympic spirit,” Bach, who is in Brazil, told O Globo, according to a Reuters translation.
The London 2012 Olympic flame could not be seen outside the Olympic Stadium, whereas past cauldrons were atop Olympic track and field stadiums that made them visible outside the venue.
In 2010, the Vancouver Winter Games had two cauldrons — one inside in the ceremonies venue and one outside in the city of Vancouver for the public to view.
In 2007, Rio de Janeiro hosted the Pan American Games with one sun-like cauldron inside the Maracana (pictured), which also did not host track and field.