Club: FC Porto | Opening: 2003 | Capacity: 50,399 seats
History and description
Estádio do Dragão is estimated to have cost €98 million. It officially opened on the 16th of 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 the Euro 2004 tournament, Estádio do Dragão hosted, among others, 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 stop 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 options.
If you come just for the match though and prefer to stay close to the stadium, there are a few hotels around. The AC Hotel Porto lies right next to Estádio do Dragão, 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 the historic centre may be a better option. Click here to see the available hotels in Porto’s historic centre.
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 €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 offers guided stadium tours that include the presidential box, changing rooms and dugouts. The tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Tours run Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays tours also leave at 11:30am and 12:30pm, and on Fridays there is an extra early tour at 10:30am. Between April and October there is an extra tour at 5:30 pm, and in July and August there are also tours on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, which run according to the Thursday schedule.
Bookings can be made by email email@example.com or phone +351 225 083 300. It is not permitted to take photos during the tour (which are taken by a photographer provided by the club).
The tour costs €10.00.
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