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History

Stunning and impressive, the Estádio do Dragão has earned plaudits all over the world and is an unavoidable reference in the sporting and cultural life of the city of Porto.

A great stage of emotions, entertainment and spectacle designed in a singular way, the Estádio do Dragão is a multifunctional model able to accommodate a variety of events, thanks to its dimensions and characteristics. An ecological building, the Dragão is part of an exclusive number of stadiums rated five stars by UEFA and concentrates on environmental certification. The stadium has excellent infrastructure with road and rail access, as well as a direct connection with the Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, through the Metro do Porto system.

Built in mind for Euro 2004, the stadium was designed by architect Manuel Salgado, with a view in mind to symbolize the clubs historic past and pride in both the city and the blue and white jersey.

The Dragão has a capacity of over 50,000 and has become a new center of Porto with the use of open green space and restructuring the tracks attached to the sports complex into residential and commercial areas.

The inaugural ceremony on November 16 2003 saw FC Porto play their first game in the stadium, against guests of honor FC Barcelona, a contest which the blue and whites win 2-0.

Later, the Estádio do Dragão held the first game of Euro 2004 featuring Portugal and Greece, which earlier in the year had been the breathtaking scene for all Portistas, in their incredible journey toward their Champions League triumph in the 2003/2004 season.

A diverse facility, the versatility of the venue offers, among others, a wide range of platforms, catering services and support areas (bar, lounge, dining room, living), which makes it the ideal setting for conducting, conferences, meetings, cocktails, show-rooms, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, training or just a quiet business lunch or dinner.

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