Estadio do Dragao

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Estádio do Dragão

Location : Porto, Portugal
Coordinates : 41° 9′ 42.33″ N, 8° 35′ 2.16″ W
Opened : November 16, 2003
Owner : FC Porto
Operator : FC Porto
Surface : Grass
Construction cost : €98 million
Architect : Manuel Salgado
Capacity : 52,002 (Football)
Tenants : FC Porto

Estádio do Dragão (English: Dragon Stadium, literally: Stadium of the Dragon)
is a football stadium in Porto, Portugal, that has an all-seated capacity
of 50,476.

The stadium was built as a replacement for FC Porto’s old ground, Estádio das
Antas (Antas Stadium), and as a venue for EURO 2004. It was completed in
2003, some months after what was expected, since in February 2001 Porto
mayor Rui Rio changed the estate distribution, criticizing the plan because it
included high-scale housing and shopping for the area and forcing the
chairman of FC Porto Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa to halt all building operations
which were only resumed after a consensus was agreed.

As of today, the stadium, housing and shopping areas have been built, but
the city has apparently let go of its interest in building the school and public
gardens which were part of the plan, bringing up old arguments about the
mayor’s decision in 2001.

As requested by UEFA, the old stadium was demolished and the space used
for the media during EURO 2004. In the following months, construction of the
buildings that will form the new urban settlement called Cidade das Antas
(City of Antas) progressively started.

Designed by Manuel Salgado and built by the Grupo Amorim, it cost
€97,755,318, of which €18,430,956 was subsiized by Portuguese taxpayers.
To help underwrite costs, each stand carries one or two sponsor names, edp
for the South (Sul) end, tmn and Sapo adsl in the East (Nascente) stand, PT and
TV Cabo for the West (Poente) stand and finally Coca-Cola in the North (Norte)
Stand. Away fans are placed in the left corner of the North stand, while FC
Porto supporter groups (SuperDragões and Colectivo Ultras 95) are one on
each top, although initially both groups were in the South stand.

The stadium’s name is derived from the presence of a dragon on the crest of
FC Porto, which is composed of an old football under the old crest of the City
of Porto. It is also the nickname of FC Porto fans. Other alternatives were
considered, such as Estádio das Antas (officially, unlike the former stadium)
or named after Artur de Sousa Pinga, José Maria Pedroto (former players and
managers) or Pinto da Costa (running president for over 20 years).

The stadium was inaugurated on 16 November 2003 with a match against FC
Barcelona. FC Porto won 2-0 with goals by Derlei and Hugo Almeida. However
due to severe turf problems, FC Porto was forced to play in the old Estádio
das Antas, until the turf was replanted by mid February 2004.

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, fighting off competition from stadiums in Lisbon. This
represents something of a coup for the city of Porto over the capital.

One of the projects for the new Northern Irish national stadium in Maze (near
Lisburn, built on the grounds of the disabled Maze Prison) is said to be
modelled after the Dragão. Initially planned for 30,000 seats, in order to keep
up with the original plans, it went through a 12,000 seat increase. The
additional costs (around 85 million pounds) are believed to be supported by
possible internationals and UEFA competition finals by the local authorities.

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