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Estádio Municipal de Portimão is the current stadium of Portimonense S.C.. It is located in the centre of Portimão in the Algarve, Portugal and was opened in 1937 for local football club Portimonense S.C.. Its capacity is 9,544 people.[3] It hosted Portimonense's stay in the Primeira Liga in the 1980s.

Estádio Municipal de Portimão
Estádio Municipal de Portimão.jpg
LocationPortimão, Portugal[1]
Coordinates37°08′8.50″N 8°32′23.40″W / 37.1356944°N 8.5398333°W / 37.1356944; -8.5398333Coordinates: 37°08′8.50″N 8°32′23.40″W / 37.1356944°N 8.5398333°W / 37.1356944; -8.5398333
OwnerPortimão Municipality
Capacity9,544
Field size103 x 64 m[2]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1936
Opened1937
Renovated2007, 2010
Tenants
Portimonense S.C.

In 2006, Portimonense were forced to play away from the Estádio Municipal in the Estádio Algarve, which – built for Euro 2004 – is 70 kilometres from Portimão. In February 2007, however, Portimonense returned home and the Portimão Municipality purchased the site five months later. This allowed the renovations required for the hosting of higher level competition: the installation of green seats (in the colours of the city), new turnstiles and security facilities.

In the 2009–10 season, Portimonense won promotion to the Primeira Liga for the following season. The summer of 2010 was a time of further renovation of the stadium, as modifications were made to the pitch and drainage system, as well as the west stand, bringing the capacity to 9,544 at the cost of 800,000.[4] The construction took longer than expected and the club had to wait until the turn of the year before they could use their stadium again. The club's first home league match in the renovated stadium was on 6 February 2011 against Paços de Ferreira, who emerged victorious with the only goal of the game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Facilities" [Instalações]. Portimonense S.C. (in Portuguese). portimonense.pt. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Estádio Municipal de Portimão". zerozero (in Portuguese). zerozero.pt. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Estádio Municipal de Portimão S.C." Soccerway. soccerway.com. Retrieved 16 August 2011.
  4. ^ Costa, Nuno (29 August 2010). "New stand at the Estádio Municipal de Portimão to cost 800 thousand euros". Barlavento Online (in Portuguese). barlavento.pt. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2011.