Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa
|Owner||Municipality of Leiria|
|Construction cost||€50.20 million|
UEFA Euro 2004
Portugal national football team (some games)
Portuguese Supercup 2006
Portuguese Supercup 2007
The Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa (English: Dr. Magalhães Pessoa Stadium) is a football stadium in Leiria, Portugal, built as a venue for the UEFA Euro 2004 finals held in Portugal. It is the home for Leiria's main football club, União de Leiria. It was designed by Tomás Taveira in 2003. The stadium contains different coloured seats as well as an athletics track and has a capacity of 29,900. The stadium has also hosted the Portuguese SuperCup in 2006.
During the UEFA Euro 2004 finals, the stadium hosted Croatia's matches against Switzerland in a 0–0 draw and France in a 2–2 draw in Group B. It also hosted the Portuguese SuperCup of 2006 in a game where FC Porto won against Vitória de Setúbal 3–0 with goals from Anderson, Adriano, and Vieirinha. The following year, in 2007, it again played host to the Portuguese SuperCup, but this time Sporting Clube de Portugal won the title against Porto by a score of 1–0, with a superb long-range shot from the Russian Marat Izmailov.
Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa intends to complement its surrounding territory with a part of the stadium that opens towards the scenery and another part that shows the defence wall of a medieval castle dominating the city. The project, created by architect Tomás Taveira, consists of continuous tiers that run a wavy course. The tiers are highest at the main stands (in the center of the stadium) and gently wind down in correspondence with the south stand behind one of the goals. This leaves an opening towards the city, the woods, and the castle that overlooks the stadium.
The roof follows the course of the tiers which are placed according to an elliptical framework that is brusquely interrupted at the north stand. The north stand contained a temporary and uncovered tribune that ran parallel to one of the playing field's short sides. After the Euro 2004 tournament, however, the tribune was demolished to leave space for a commercial center and hotel. In addition, an athletics track was built completing the elliptical framework. As a consequence, the stadium's capacity was dropped by 5,000 seats.
The seats are different colours and are randomly placed. The use of different tint colours characterizes the entire stadium. The roof is constructed with a transparent material that has external light filtered which makes the yellow colour of the metallic structure stand out. The roof seems to float on the tiers; it is, however, hanging on steel tie-beams (in blue) and tall pennons (in red) that are only located above the main tribunes. The external perimeter is characterized by squared panels of lively tints placed on a natural white background separated by the red metallic pillars.
The well-balanced use of different colours is also evident throughout the stadium. Five levels consisting of several internal rooms provide numerous services to the audience such as restaurants and commercial activities. The stadium serves as a multi-functional building where sports of every kind can be played, including track and field, and also were music concerts are held often providing a wonderful scenery and a colourful background.
Portugal national football team
The following national team matches were held in the stadium.
|1.||19 November 2003||8–0||Kuwait||Friendly|
|2.||8 September 2004||4–0||Estonia||World Cup 2006 qualification|
|3.||17 November 2007||1–0||Armenia||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||26 March 2011||1–1||Chile||Friendly|
|5.||26 May 2012||0–0||Macedonia||Friendly|
|6.||5 March 2014||5–1||Cameroon||Friendly|