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Around The Grounds: Estadio Municipal, Braga

By Chris Wright

After one again being struck by it’s idiosyncratic majesty in the Champions League last night (despite the torrential downpour), we thought we’d have a little look around quirky Braga’s quarry-dwelling home ground: the 30,286-seater Estádio Municipal de Braga, built in 2003 as one of ten new grounds built in Portugal for use at UEFA 2004…

It won’t surprise you to learn that the stadium is nicknamed ‘A Pedreira’ which translates as ‘The Quarry’, being as though it was blasted and then built into the face of the neighbouring Monte Castro quarry (hence the whacking big cliff holding up the scoreboard at one end) at a cost of $83 million.

The other end of the stadium is completely open and offers expansive views of the city of Braga which lies out in the distance below. A truly unique football stadium and always a pleasure to peruse.

Ain’t she purdy?

More in Pies’ ‘Around The Grounds’ series…

Home Park, Plymouth Argyle
Victoria Park, Hartlepool United
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Ninian Park, Cardiff City
Wankdorf Stadium, Young Boys
Portman Road, Ipswich Town
Recreation Ground, Aldershot

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By Chris on November 8th, 2012 in Featured, Photos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

7 Responses to “Around The Grounds: Estadio Municipal, Braga”

  1. Bruno says:

    Just a correction, the stadium was built for Euro 2004 the was held by Portugal, not Portugal and Spain.

  2. LG says:

    Not all the stadium were “new”. Some were rebuilt/renewed (boavista, coimbra)

  3. 451 says:

    What has Spain to do with Euro 2004?

  4. Sugel says:

    Water-filled quarries can be very deep with water, often 50 feet or more, that is often surprisingly cold. Unexpectedly cold water can cause a swimmer’s muscles to suddenly weaken; it can also cause shock and even hypothermia .

  5. Herman says:

    Awful stadium

  6. jedvagenij says:

    google Kantrida in Rijeka (Croatia) :)

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