Estádio do Dragão

Estádio do Dragão was built to provide FC Porto with a modern home and Euro 2004 with one of its flagship venues. It replaced FC Porto’s previous ground the Estádio das Antas, and has a capacity of 50,399 seats.

The stadium is estimated to have cost €98 million. It was officially opened on the 16th of November 2003 with a friendly match between FC Porto and Barcelona (2-0), the debut of Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s first team.

At the Euro 2004 tournament the stadium hosted, among others, the opening match and the semi-final between Greece and the Czech Republic.

Getting there

Estádio do Dragão is located a little less than 4 kilometres north-east of Porto’s city centre. It lies directly adjacent to the motorway that circles the city centre (Via de Cintura Interna). Take the exit that is marked with the sign Estádio.

By public transport the stadium can be easily reached by metro. The stadium is served by line A, B, E and F. From the city centre or train station São Bento, either take line D and change at station Trindade, or walk directly to Trindade or Bolhão and get on one of the above-mentioned lines. Get off at station Estádio do Dragão.

Address: Via Futebol Clube do Porto, 4350415, Porto

Tickets

Tickets for FC Porto games can be bought online if you’re a Portuguese citizen. We currently don’t have further details about other ways to buy tickets.

Ticket prices range from €15.00 to €40.00.

Stadium tours

The club organises the possibility to view the Estádio do Dragão from the inside through a stadium tour that takes approximately 45 minutes. Included in the tour are the presidential box, changing rooms and the pitch.

Tours run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays tours also leave at 11:30am and 12:30pm, and on Fridays there’s an extra early tour at 10:30am. In July and August tours also leave on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Tours cost €7.00. Bookings through email portocomercial@fcporto.pt or phone +351 225 083 300.  The FC Porto website states that it is not permitted to take photographs during the tour (which are taken by a photographer provided by the club).

Relevant Internet links:

FCPorto.pt – Official website of FC Porto.
Portoturismo.pt – Official portal of Porto’s tourism agency.
Metrodoporto.pt – Information about the Porto metro.

Tags: 2003, Euro 2004, European Championship stadium, FC Porto, Porto, Portugal, Primeira Liga

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