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Name Braga Municipal
Capacity 30000
Country Portugal
City Braga
Inauguration 2003-12-30

Estadio Municipal de Braga: Overview

Unique design
The architecture of this stadium is particularly striking. Nestling in the hillside of Monte Castro on the outskirts of Braga, it is located at one of the highest points in the city facing the River Cavado valley.

Two stands
The stadium is brand new and all seats are covered. There are only two stands on the sides, while the hillside forms a rocky amphitheatre at each end.

Inca influence

In addition to the originality of the contours of this 30,000-seat stadium with only two stands, there is also its innovative roof. The original idea was for it to be similar to the canopy of the Portugal Pavilion in Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon, covering the whole stadium. However, the architect was eventually inspired by "the bridges built by the Incas" in Peru, as the pitch had to have natural light to preserve the quality of the grass.

A stage
The specifications of the design submitted to the client, Braga Municipal Council, read as follows: "Today, football is a show, just like the cinema, theatre or television. This is why we have chosen to build only two stands."

'A work of art'
Described as a "work of art" by Ernie Walker, chairman of UEFA's Stadium and Security Committee, the new Estadio Municipal de Braga is an extraordinary feat of engineering in one of the most original scenarios in the world. Its construction has attracted the interest of specialists from all over the globe. The tournament director, Antonio Laranjo, is another great admirer of the design. "It is a jewel," he said. "It is not just a football stadium, it is absolutely unparalleled”.

Official opening
Estadio Municipal de Braga was inaugurated on 30 December 2003, with a match between SC Braga and Spanish side RC Celta de Vigo, which the local team won 1-0. The 30,000-strong crowd was also treated to a multimedia show to celebrate the completion of all ten UEFA EURO 2004TM  stadiums.

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