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What an amazing experience it was visiting Boavista!
Seven of us got the metro from Trinidade station to ____________ and walked about 15 minutes to Boavista Football Club.
When we arrived, we were all a little gutted as everywhere was closed.
A security guard came out, saw the Manchester City badge on our t-shirts "Man City, Man City" he said smiling. "Yes, Manchester City!" We replied. He waved for us to follow him. He took us into the stadium!! We got a private tour! Visiting the directors box and seats, the dressing rooms, and best of all - pitch side!
We were allowed on to the pitch. It was amazing standing in the centre circle and imagining what it would be like to be playing and the stadium to be full!! It was a beautiful sunny day too!
One of the group said in jest "You havn't got a ball have you mate? For a kick-about?!". To our great surprise - the guy disappeared and came back with a football!!!
We spent the next half an hour having a kick-around the pitch and taking penalties on each other! This is the kind of stuff that dreams are made of!
We asked if the museum was open which it was not. But our guide asked the team coach who we bumped into and he said it was fine for us to have a look (see separate review).
Also being on the same pitch that Man City trained on for the Porto game was brilliant!! (I scored a penalty in the same goal that JOE HART trained in!!!).
All of this including the museum did not cost us a single euro!
The guys showing us around had very little English as we had very little Portugese. It just shows there is no language barrier in football, we are all proud of our club whatever team we support, and want to show how proud we are!!
Thank you Boavista, a truely amazing experience that I will never forget!
Updated Feb 23, 2012
the porto air race is also called the redbull air race as redbull sponsors the event.
it´s held once a year in early september and is quite a spectacular event with planes flying under the bridges of porto and around town in general.
this is something for people who like the sound of engines as the show is extremely noisy.
Written Oct 6, 2008
The Estadio do Bessa was under construction when we were there, they are preparing it for the European Soccer Championships in 2004, which will take place in ... yes, you guessed right! : Portugal. Both stands behind the goals were completely gone, but the high main stands at both sides provided for a nice soccer atmosphere. Somewhat disappointingly, only about 6,000 spectators showed up for this UEFA Cup match, among them about 300 Hertha fans from Berlin.
Updated Mar 9, 2003
The stands in the Estadio do Bessa are quite steep. We were located in the upper part of the main stand. If people stand up during the match (and our fans are standing for most of the time, usually ...), one can hardly see the action at the near sideline. But generally, the view is great and the roof provides for a loud atmosphere.
Updated Mar 10, 2003
There's many docks along the Rio Douro, and there are ramps where you can launch your boat from in Ribeira. If you own a boat, come here for a pleasant day of cruising down this lovely river.
Equipment: well, a boat.
Written Nov 9, 2004
Restaurante Portas De S. Roque
If you are taking in a football match at The Dragon Stadium, then I recommend a bar to go into if you fancy that is near the ground and has a fantastic atmosphere.
It's known as 'The Porto bar'. It is packed with porto fans, but boy do they make you feel welcome! It's a bit of a strange set-up from what I have experience of, but it goes like this:
- You enter the bar (which is standing only) and join the queue that you will see.
- This queue leads to a man stood at tall narrow desk who will take your order.
- You pay for your drinks and recieve a ticket with your order.
- Take the ticket to the actual bar and hand it over.
- You will then recieve your drinks.
Do not queue up at the bar as you will be sent to pay first. The actual bar only accepts tickets.
The bar is filled with scarfs hanging from the ceiling of the away supporters that have visited the bar. There are pictures on the walls of the Porto team and famous people that the owner has met.
The staff are very friendly and the toilets are OK. As I mentioned, it's standing only and before a match, it's absolutely full. If you want a friendly pre-match atmosphere, then this is the bar for you!!
Updated Feb 27, 2012
Address: São Roque R Lameira 1776, Porto
Along with our free and impromptu tour of Boavista Stadium (Boavista stadium review to read more), we were allowed into the museum. The first word out of my mouth was "Wow!".
The lovely gentlemen firstly directed us to a wall covered from top to bottom with small pennants of all of the football teams that have played Bosvista FC (main picture). They pointed out huge teams that have played there and also the English teams that they knew we would be interested in.
Then it was the throphies. Oh my goodness; there are hundreds of them!
I do have to say being a Manchester City supporter in my 20s that I havn't had the experience that Boavista obviously have!! It was amazing.
There were trophies not only from football, but the other sports that Boavista are associated with such as cycling.
The sizes of these cups and trophies and plates and badges and the other things that are there to celebrate Boavista's achievements are nothing what you can imagine.
We were so excited to have experienced this and to have our own private tour with the most friendly, welcoming and proud men who work where their team play was truly inspirational. We were all overwhelmed by this and 'Thank you' just didn't seem a strong enough word to say.
Written Feb 27, 2012
Address: Boavista Futebol Clube, Porto, Portugal
The Estádio do Dragão (Stadium of the Dragon) was built for Euro 2004 and is home ground for FC Porto, one of Portugal’s most famous clubs. They have won the Champions League, the European Cup, the UEFA Cup, and numerous national championships and Portuguese Cups. FC Porto plays with a dragon on their shirts, and I was told that the stadium's name is derived from the same dragon…
Estádio do Dragão has a total capacity of 50,399, but was only about half full when I visited the stadium for the Euro 2012 qualification game between Portugal and Denmark. The result? Denmark lost 3-1 to a better Portuguese team…
Updated Jul 29, 2012
Home of FC Porto, the Stadium has more than 52.000 seats. There are guided tours but unfortunately is not allowed to take pics.
- Fax: (+351) 22 508 30 99
- Metro: Estádio do Dragão (lines A, B, C and E).
Updated Mar 13, 2007
Address: Estádio do Dragão; 4350-415 Porto (Portugal)
Phone: (+351) 22 508 30 00
Home of Boavista FC.
Not a bad little stadium at the time I was there. A bit small but quaint all the same.
I visited on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 with United winning 3-0, Blanc 14, Solskjaer 29, Beckham 51 Pen. At that time it didn't have a stand behind one of the goals.
The stadium has had a major facelift due to the UEFA European Championships 2004 been held in Portugal. It now has an all seater capacity of 30,000.
Updated Jul 14, 2006
Address: Rua o Primeiro de Janeiro, 4100 Porto
Phone: 22 6071000
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