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, Estádio do Dragão hosted the opening match, another two group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Greece and the Czech Republic (1-0).
Estádio do Dragão 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 Estádio.
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.
One 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 Estádio do Dragão, which for most lines is also the last one.
Address: Via Futebol Clube do Porto, 4350415, Porto
Eat, drink, and sleep
The area around Estádio do Dragão is a mix of offices 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 very nice 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 Estádio do Dragão. 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 very tight budget, B&B Portucalense might have your preference (though is slightly further away).
For all hotels near Estádio do Dragão 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.
Tickets for FC Porto games can be bought online (or through official partner viagogo), 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 €20.00 for a seat behind the goal to €40.00 for a central seat at the lower-tier of one of the long sides.
FC Porto offer guided stadium tours that include the presidential box, changing rooms and dugouts. The tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Tours run daily at 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Between July and September there are extra tours at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. There are no tours on the day of the match.
Estádio do Dragão also boasts the FC Porto club museum, which is opened seven days a week except Monday mornings.
Bookings can be made by email email@example.com or phone +351 22 557 04 10. Photos are permitted during the tour in approved locations.
The tour costs €8.00, or €15.00 with the museum included.
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