Home to Braga, Portuguese football’s sixth most successful football club, this stadium was first opened 20 years ago in December of 2003 as a venue for Portugal’s hosting of Euro 2004.
The stadium was designed by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, who would be awarded the internationally-renowned Pritzker Architecture Prize for his design work on the stadium. With a capacity of just over 30,000, it is the seventh-largest in the country, and is referred to as “A Pedreira” (The Quarry) by the locals, and that is because the stadium is built into the side of a mountain.
The scoreboard was placed on to the mountain, and the two 15,000-seat main stands are held together by wires that go from one stand’s roof to the other. The side opposing the cliff is open-ended, providing views of the city below. It is a unique stadium that took advantage of its location to provide access to not only football, but some pretty good views.