Club: FC Porto | Opening: 2003 | Capacity: 50,431 seats
History and description
Estádio do Dragão is estimated to have cost €98 million. It officially opened on 16 November 2003 with a friendly between FC Porto and Barcelona (2-0), which was the debut of Lionel Messi in Barcelona’s first team.
During Euro 2004, Estadio do Dragao hosted the opening match, another two group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Greece and the Czech Republic (1-0).
How to get to Estadio do Dragao
Estadio do Dragao is located just under 4 kilometres north-east of Porto’s historic centre.
It sits directly adjacent to the motorway that circles the heart of the city (Via de Cintura Interna). Take the exit that is marked with the sign Estadio.
If using public transport, the stadium can be easily reached by metro. The stadium is served by line A, B, E and F, which can all be boarded just north of the historic centre, for example at stops Trindade or Bolhão.
You can also first get on line D at one of the city centre stops (or train station São Bento), and then transfer to one of the above lines at Trindade. Get off at station Estadio do Dragao, which for most lines is also the last one.
Address: Via Futebol Clube do Porto, 4350415, Porto
Eat, drink, and sleep near Estadio do Dragao
The area around Estadio do Dragao is a mix of offices, retail, and residential buildings, with large shopping centre Dolce Vita located right next to the stadium. It has the typical selection of food court restaurants and coffee shops, and also boasts a cinema.
If you can, however, eat and drink in Porto’s lovely historic centre, which has a large variety of eating and drinking establishments.
If you come just for the match and prefer to stay close to the stadium, there are a few hotels near Estadio do Dragao. The AC Hotel Porto lies right next to the stadium, gets good reviews, and is reasonably priced. Porto Antas Hotel is an equally excellent but cheaper option, and if you are on a tighter budget, B&B Portucalense or Villa Boutique might have your preference (though are slightly further away).
For all hotels near Estadio do Dragao click here. If you have more time on your hands, then staying in Porto’s historic centre may be a better option. Click here for an overview of hotels in the centre.
FC Porto Tickets
Tickets for FC Porto games can be bought online, by phone +351 707 28 1893 (Linha Dragão), at any of the Porto club stores (Loja Azul), or at the ticket office of Estádio do Dragão.
Tickets typically range in price from €12.00 for a seat behind the goal to €40.00 for a central seat at the lower-tier of one of the long sides, but prices can vary depending on the match.
Estadio do Dragao stadium tours
FC Porto offer guided stadium tours that include the presidential box, changing rooms and dugouts. The tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Estadio do Dragao also boasts the FC Porto club museum, which is opened seven days a week except Monday mornings.
The tour costs €8.00, or €15.00 with the museum included.