Estádio das Antas

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Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto
Estádio das Antas
Last part of the stadium when demolished in 2004
Last part of the stadium when demolished in 2004
place PortugalPortugal Porto , Portugal
Coordinates 41 ° 9 '53.7 "  N , 8 ° 35' 13.1"  W Coordinates: 41 ° 9 '53.7 "  N , 8 ° 35' 13.1"  W.
opening May 28, 1952
demolition March 2004
surface Natural grass
architect Oldemiro Carneiro
capacity 51,211 places
playing area 105 × 68 m

The Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto (better known as Estádio das Antas ) was the football stadium of FC Porto for over 50 years . In 2004 the association finally moved to the newly built Estádio do Dragão .


At the general assembly of the club in 1933, it was proposed to build a new stadium because the stadium, the Campo da Constituição , had become too small for FC Porto. The proposal was accepted unanimously, but the first planning did not begin until 1937 with the issue of a bond. Ten years later, a plot of land with 48,000 m² was purchased in the eastern part of the Antas district . The foundation stone was laid in a symbolic act in December 1949; the actual work began a month later.

José Bacelar, at the time the largest partner of FC Porto, took over the salary costs of all employees on the first day. The solidarity of the population, the city and the region towards FC Porto was also made clear by two convoys of building materials in which dozens of trucks, buses and vans brought building materials into the stadium. Additional adjacent areas were acquired during construction, as the 48,000 m² would not have been sufficient for the sports facilities of FC Porto. With the purchased property, an area of ​​63,220 m² was achieved. The stadium originally had a capacity of 44,000 spectators.

On May 28, 1952 , the stadium was opened with a big party in the presence of the former President of Portugal Francisco Craveiro Lopes .

The stadium's blackest day was December 16, 1973, when fan-favorite Fernando Pascoal das Neves (or Pavão for short) collapsed on the field during a game against Vitória Setúbal and later died in hospital. The accident happened on the 13th day of the championship in the 13th minute of the game. Fernando Pascoal Neves was only 26 years old.

Extensions and conversions

  • 1960 - Inauguration of the cycling track
  • 1962 - Inauguration of the floodlight system
  • 1976 - The available space is increased to 65,000 through the expansion of the east side of the stadium.
  • 1986 - By lowering the pitch, the number of seats in the stadium increased to 95,000.
  • In the 1990s, the capacity was reduced to around 55,000 spectators
  • In the end it had seats for 51,211 visitors.

The complex

When one speaks of the Estádio das Antas, one does not only mean the stadium itself. The term also applies to the entire sports facility that was built around the stadium over the decades of its existence. The complex includes, among other things:

  • The Americo de Sá pavilion with a capacity of 7,000 for the handball , basketball and roller hockey teams of FC Porto
  • The Afonso Pinto de Magalhães pavilion
  • Three training fields with natural grass
  • An indoor pool (either occupied by the FC Porto swim team or for paying users)

Sporting highlights in the stadium

  • Oct. 19, 1977 - FC Porto - Manchester United 4-0, first leg of the 2nd round of the 1977/78 Cup Winners' Cup .
  • Jun. 11, 1978 - FC Porto - Sporting Braga 4-0, last day of the championship 1977/78; FC Porto won their first title after a 19-year break.
  • May 28, 1987 - Reception of the winning team of the 1987 European Cup from Vienna.
  • Jan 13, 1988 - FC Porto - Ajax Amsterdam 1-0, second leg of the UEFA Super Cup in 1987.
  • June 30, 1999 - FC Porto - CF Estrela Amadora 2-0, Porto win their fifth championship in a row, something no other Portuguese team has achieved to date.
  • April 10, 2003 - FC Porto - Lazio Roma 4-1, first leg of the semi-finals in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup , which FC Porto later won.
  • May 22, 2003 - Reception of the team after winning the UEFA Cup.

other events


The demolition

The demolition of the sports complex began in 2001. The teams of handball, roller hockey and swimming teams of FC Porto advertised the places Pavillon Municipal de Santo Tirso , Pavillon Municipal de Fânzeres and Piscina de Campanhã . The basketball team also left the Pavilhão Rosa Mota and moved to the Matosinhos sports center and congress hall . These teams stay away even after the inauguration of the Estádio do Dragão , as it does not contain a pool or hall. There is a project of a hall next to the Dragãozinho, which was not yet formalized in 2007. The Estádio das Antas remained intact until the inauguration of the Estádio do Dragão in 2003 and beyond. Due to problems with the pitch of the new stadium, the game could not start there in time. Eight more football matches were played there, the last on January 24, 2004. The final demolition began a month later and took about half a year.

FC Porto played 1,002 games in the Estádio das Antas. Of these, Porto won 803 games; They lost 119 games and 80 games ended in a draw.


  • Barbosa, Alfredo. Dragão Ano 111 - História Oficial do Futebol Clube do Porto. Postage: O Comércio do Porto. 2004

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Report on Pavão (Portuguese) ( Memento of March 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  2. List of Portuguese stadiums
  3. Concerts. Accessed April 9, 2010