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    EURO 2004 - BESSA XXI STADIUM - BOAVISTA F. C:

    by IneXisTenZ Updated May 15, 2004

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    The stadium of the “checked shirts” ..... but there’s no puzzle!!

    Did you know that Boavista Futebol Clube was the only club that never stopped playing at its own ground, even when the new Bessa XXI Stadium was being built? Well, it’s true! In fact, in keeping with its traditions, Boavista is the only Portuguese Club whose ground has always been the same since the foundation of the team, known as the “checked shirts”. The new stadium has been built entirely from scratch, literally “on top” of the former Bessa stadium (originating from 1972) and it is located in an important, busy area of Porto, Boavista, a residential district with several schools. In this “chic” area, “The Boavista Footballers ” first came into being at the start of the 20th Century, originating from the great passion for football shared between the Portuguese and the local English residents. In fact, this ancestral link between Boavista and the English has had an influence on the design of the present-day building, where preference has been given to the height of the structure, resulting in a ground whose architecture is reminiscent of that of the old English stadiums. And, either with or without English inspiration, evidence of innovation is to be found everywhere, both inside and outside the ground. The Bessa XXI Stadium is part of a much vaster sports complex that includes a gymnasium and sports pavilion (currently under construction), tennis courts, training pitches, etc.. Four new stands have been built, one of which – the northern stand – houses four gymnasiums. All of them are covered The Bessa XXI Stadium is one of two “monuments” – amongst many others – that give the city its distinctive appearance, standing proudly alongside the famous Antas Stadium , the “home” of Futebol Clube do Porto.

    Capacity: 30.000 covered seats

    GAMES:
    Denmark - Sweden - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto - 2nd June - 7.45 pm

    Greece - Spain - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto –16th June – 5 pm

    Latvia - Germany - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto - 19th June – 5 pm

    Equipment: ACCESS:
    The Bessa XXI Stadium is situated in an urban area in the city of Porto. Access to the southern entrance is from Avenida da Boavista, the city’s main distributional axis.If you are approaching via the A1 Motorway from Lisbon to Porto (310 Km - approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes by car), there is an immediate connection to VCI, the Porto inner ring road that links up with all the main local and national road networks. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is 17 Km from the Stadium Access by local buses.

    GAMES:

    Greece - Spain - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto –16th June – 5 pm

    Latvia - Germany - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto - 19th June – 5 pm

    Denmark - Sweden - Bessa XXI Stadium – Oporto - 22nd June - 7.45 pm

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    EURO 2004 DRAGON STADIUM - F.C.PORTO STADIUM

    by IneXisTenZ Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    The new Dragon's Stadium will host the opening ceremony of the Euro 2004, as well as the competition's first match, and it will almost certainly host one of the tournament's semi-finals.
    Opening ceremony
    Located in the urban zone adjacent to the existing stadium, the project forms part of the planned Sports City complex. This will be the privileged stage for the UEFA EURO 2004 opening ceremony and match.
    Dragão Stadium - Oporto

    The famous Antas Stadium, one of the most distinctive features of the city of Porto, has changed its name and its appearance with the building of the Dragão Stadium, the name chosen for the baptism of the new ground to be used by Futebol Clube do Porto (FCP), itself an important symbol of Portugal’s second largest city. The new stadium has taken on added importance since it is the anchor structure in the urban renewal project for the Antas district of Porto. All around this ground is to be built the so-called “ Sports City”, a project that includes a series of sports facilities, recreational areas, and residential and shopping areas, etc. The concept of this Stadium is also profoundly innovative, creating a new central focus in what is a problematic area for the city in terms of mobility, through newly built accesses. Its monumental capacity for 50 thousand spectators means that the Dragão Stadium has already been classified as a Grade A stadium by UEFA, making it suitable for any international football event, just like the old Antas Stadium, which was already one of the most modern grounds in Europe. All this has to be added to its most impressive architecture. FCP, founded in 1903, has a vast list of victories in its curriculum , its different blue and white teams having successfully turned it into one of the most important football clubs in the country..

    Equipment: Use: Three games in the group phase, including the opening match, one game from the quarter finals and one semi-final
    Portugal – Greece - 12th June at 5.00 pm (Opening Match)
    Germany - Netherlands - 15th June at 7.45 pm
    Italy - Sweden - 18th June at 7.45 pm
    WD – RC - 27th June at 7.45 pm (quarter final)
    W26 – W28 - 1rst July at 7.45 pm (semi-final)

    Access:On match days, there will be special buses running from Rotunda da Boavista (Praça Mouzinho de Albuquerque) or Praça da Liberdade, passing through Campo 24 de Agosto. Regular bus services: Buses Nos. 21 and 78 pass through Rotunda da Boavista and Avenida dos Aliados.If you’re arriving via the A1 Motorway, the Stadium is 310 kms from Lisbon and the journey takes roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes by car

    By metro (very close exit)

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