Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
|Estádio do Calhabé|
Estádio Finibanco Cidade de Coimbra
|Owner||Municipality of Coimbra|
|Operator||Académica de Coimbra|
50,000 for concerts
|Opened||12 September 2003|
|Architect||António Monteiro , PLARQ / KSS Design Group Partnership|
The Estádio Cidade de Coimbra is a stadium in Coimbra, Portugal. This stadium belongs to the Municipality of Coimbra and is mainly used by the Académica de Coimbra's football team. Until 2003, it was called the Estádio Municipal de Coimbra (English: Municipality of Coimbra Stadium), or the Estádio do Calhabé, after the name of its location in Coimbra.
The stadium was rebuilt, expanded, and modernized to host some UEFA Euro 2004 matches. Far beyond the sports stadium itself, all the project, called Euro Stadium Project, included the possibility of organizing sports, culture, and commercial events, by the modernization of the entire Calhabé area in Coimbra.
Its design does not involve any historical or traditional references, as the idea was to create a new, contemporary image with glass façades and an aesthetic roof supported by elegant stands. The existing athletics track has been preserved for possible use as a multi-purpose facility in the future. The stadium was designed by the Portuguese architectural firm Plarq in association with KSS Design Group of London. The Plarq team was led by the architect António Monteiro.
The stadium has 30,210 seats, two-thirds of which are covered. The complex boasts a large press centre, a bar, kitchens, and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the pitch. The project of the stadium took advantage of old seats: of close to 15,000 (all seated), involved the planned remodelling of the tier which extends around the entire perimeter of the previous stands, and a second tier above that, in the form of a "U", opening onto the slopes of the city at the North end.
A multi-purpose pavilion, olympic swimming pools, healthclub, gym, offices and studio apartment residences were built in the surrounding area. The Dolce Vita, a shopping and leisure center built near the stadium, includes cinemas, underground car parking, restaurants, and several retail outlets.
UEFA Euro 2004
The stadium hosted two UEFA Euro 2004 Group B matches: England 3–0 Switzerland and Switzerland 1–3 France. Curiously in both matches, the record for the European Championship's youngest goalscorer was broken, first by Wayne Rooney, then by Johan Vonlanthen.
Portugal national football team
The following national team matches were held in the stadium, both in its old and renovated shape.
|1.||13 April 1983||0–0||Hungary||Friendly|
|2.||8 June 1983||0–4||Brazil||Friendly|
|3.||9 June 1999||8–0||Liechtenstein||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|4.||28 April 2004||2–2||Sweden||Friendly|
|5.||12 November 2005||2–0||Croatia||Friendly|
|6.||15 November 2006||3–0||Kazakhstan||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|7.||3 March 2010||2–0||China PR||Friendly|
|8.||15 October 2013||3–0||Luxembourg||2014 World Cup qualification|
In addition to football, the stadium is often used for concerts of international artists with capacity up to 50,000 people.
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