FC Porto

Short history

Estadio do Dragao is a football stadium located in Porto, Portugal and is the home ground of FC Porto. The EURO 2004 was the main reason for building the Estádio do Dragão. This stadium replaced FC Porto's old Estádio das Antas. The stadium has an all-seated capacity of 50,399. It has been verified by UEFA as a 5 star stadium.

The new venue officially opened on the 16th of November 2003 with a friendly game between FC Porto and Barcelona, which was also the debut of Lionel Messi in Barcelona's first team.

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.

Important events

During the EURO 2004 the stadium hosted the opening match, two group matches, a quarter-final and a semi-final.

 

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