Estádio do Dragão
|Estádio do Dragão|
|Opened||November 16, 2003|
(F.C. Porto Group)
|Scoreboard||Two 48-square-metre (520 sq ft) SLite 10 LED screens (Barco)|
|Construction cost||€98 million|
|Architect||Manuel Salgado (Portugal)|
|F.C. Porto (2003–present)|
The Estádio do Dragão (English: Dragon Stadium; literally Stadium of the Dragon) is a football stadium located in Porto, Portugal, with an all-seated capacity of 50,399. Inaugurated on November 16, 2003, it is the current home ground of F.C. Porto, having replaced the club's old venue, the Estádio das Antas (English: Antas Stadium). It was one of the venues of the UEFA Euro 2004. It has been verified by UEFA as a 5 star stadium.
Construction and inauguration
Construction works began in late 2001, and were complete in November 2003, some months after what was expected, since in February 2002, Porto mayor Rui Rio changed the estate distribution, criticizing the plan for including high-scale housing and shopping for the area. These actions forced the chairman of F.C. Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, to halt all building operations, which were only resumed after a consensus was reached.
Designed by Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado and built by Portuguese contractor Somague, it cost €97,755,318, of which €18,430,956 was subsidized by the government. To help underwrite costs, each stand carries one or two sponsor names: Super Bock (south), tmn (east), meo (west), and Coca-Cola (north stand). Away fans are placed in the left corner of the north stand, while home Ultra groups, Super Dragões and Colectivo Ultras 95, occupy the south stand and the north stand, respectively, like on the old stadium.
The stadium was inaugurated on November 16, 2003, with a match against F.C. Barcelona, which featured the debut of a 16-year-old Lionel Messi in the Catalan side. Porto won 2–0 with goals by Derlei and Hugo Almeida. Due to severe turf problems, however, Porto was forced to return and play in the old Estádio das Antas, until the turf was replanted by mid-February 2004.
The stadium's name is derived from the presence of a dragon on the club's crest, which is composed of an old stitched leather football under the city's coat of arms. It is also the nickname of the club's football team. Other alternatives were considered, such as keeping the old name, Estádio das Antas (officially, unlike the former stadium), or name after former player Pinga, former manager José Maria Pedroto, or president Pinto da Costa (holding office since 1982).
Portugal national football team
The following national team matches were held in the stadium.
|1.||12 June 2004||1–2||Greece||Euro 2004 Group Stage|
|2.||12 October 2005||3–0||Latvia||2006 World Cup qualification|
|3.||21 November 2007||0–0||Finland||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||28 March 2009||0–0||Sweden||2010 World Cup qualification|
|5.||8 October 2010||3–1||Denmark||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|6.||7 October 2011||5–3||Iceland||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|7.||16 October 2012||1-1||Northern Ireland||2014 World Cup qualification|
Euro 2004 Matches
Constructed to become one of the venues of the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament, it staged the inaugural match between hosts Portugal and eventual winners Greece, as well as three group stage, one quarterfinal, and one semifinal fixtures.
|12 June 2004||Portugal||1–2||Greece||Group A|
|15 June 2004||Germany||1–1||Netherlands||Group D|
|18 June 2004||Italy||1–1||Sweden||Group C|
|27 June 2004||Czech Republic||3–0||Denmark||Quarter-finals|
|1 July 2004||Greece||1–0 (aet)||Czech Republic||Semi-finals|
The stadium further cemented its reputation as an all-round sports and entertainment venue when it hosted the Portuguese leg of The Rolling Stones 2006 world tour, and the 2009 Race of Champions South Europe finals. In 2012 it hosted the kick-off to Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Tour 2nd European leg. On June 10, 2013, Muse performed at the stadium as part of their The 2nd Law Tour. Also, One Direction are going to bring their Where We Are Tour (One Direction) to the stadium on July 2014.
|18 July 2004||Deep Purple|
|12 August 2006||The Rolling Stones|
|18 May 2012||Coldplay|
|10 June 2013||Muse|
|13 July 2014||One Direction|
- "História Dos Estádios" (in Portuguese). FC Porto.pt.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Estádio do Dragão.|
- The most complete reference about the stadium, at www.fcporto.ws
- Estádio do Dragão @ FC Porto's official website
- 3D Model of F.C.Porto Stadium - Google 3D Warehouse