Estádio Mário Duarte
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The name of the stadium comes from a Portuguese football player from Anadia, called Mário Duarte. Although he himself never had any connection to S.C. Beira-Mar, he was a famous person, often associated with the city of Aveiro. After the stadium's opening in 1935, it was decided that it would have his name, due to his social importance in the city of Aveiro.
The nickname "O Velhinho" ("The Old One", in English) refers not only to the age of the stadium, but to the fact that it was abandoned for 12 years. Beira-Mar fans never quite accepted the club's moving to the more recent and larger Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, as both the club and the stadium have a deep emotional connection to the fans.
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