Estádio Cidade de Coimbra

By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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Aerial view of Estadio Cidade De Coimbra

Stadium Overview

Team: Académica

Address: Coimbra

Capacity: 30,210

Opened: 2003

Further Reading

Académica de Coimbra

Estádio Cidade de Coimbra or Estádio do Calhabé in Portuguese is a council owned sports stadium located in the historic capital of Portugal, Coimbra. Used the majority of time by local football team Associação Académica de Coimbra, the 30,210 capacity ground first opened in 2003.

Stadium Guide

History

Estádio Cidade de Coimbra was formerly known as both Estádio Municipal de Coimbra or Estádio do Calhabé before being modernised in order to host matches of the Portuguese hosted 2004 Euro Championship. Located within a wider sports complex known as Euro Stadium Project, the ground is owned by the Municipality of Coimbra and leased to the football team on an fixed long term lease.

Designed by the Plarq archtiecthrual firm from Portugal working in conjunction with the KSS Design Group who helped remodel Stamford Bridge and the London Olympic Stadium, the renovation resulted in a contemporary looking stadium. With shiny glass façades and a unique curved roof which takes advantage of the warm climate,  the only negative for football fans on the side is the preservation of the Athletics track.

Reopening on the 12th September 2003 in time for the incoming season, Académica de Coimbra welcomed domestic giants, S.L. Benfica for the first competitive game at the refurbished stadium. The brand new second tier was put to good use, with the 30,210 capacity stadium all but sold out for the inaugural match with the ground firmly test-driven throughout the season  in time for the Euro’s set to take place in the Summer.

During the tournament, Estádio Cidade de Coimbra hosted two Group B matches, both of which set at the time, new records for youngest goalscorers in the European Championships and involving Switzerland.

The first match against England, saw the Wayne Rooney score to secure a 3-0 victory, with Switzerland losing 3-1 to France with Johan Vonlanthen scoring their only goal, and subsequently beating Rooney’s record.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Estadio Cidade de Coimbra:

Estadio de Coimbra seating chart

Stands

Cidade de Coimbra is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

If anyone knows and can confirm exactly where the away fans sit inside the stadium then please let us know either through the contact page or twitter.

Best Pubs

Club Shop

Académica de Coimbra’s fan shop/sport zone can be found in the eastern stand and as there doesn’t appear to be an online store, it’s easily the best place to purchase official merchandise of the club.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Weekends: Closed
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On matchdays the Academica de Coimbra’s fan shop is usually open from 10.00 am until kick-off. Note: This photo is incorrect.

Stadium Tour

Although there doesn’t appear to be tours available of the stadium itself, there are guided tours available of the trophy room – “Sala de Troféus” on Tuesdays and Fridays between 10.30 am – 12.30 pm in the morning and in the afternoon between 3.00 pm – 5.30 pm.

Ticket Prices

Like the majority of Portuguese Football teams with the exception of the big three teams, tickets to see Académica de Coimbra play can only be purchased in person and not online as one might expect in the 21st century.

Prices are more than reasonable with a seat behind the goal likely to set you back € 15.00 or so, with something central within the main stand priced at around € 30.00.

Tickets are sold during the week from the club shop, and from the various ticket box offices on matchdays.

Matchday Travel

Estádio Cidade de Coimbra is located approximately 3.0 km from the city’s historical centre which is usually defined as the eastern banks of the Mondengo River close to where Coimbra railway station is.

Exterior of Estadio Cidade de Coimbra

The journey by foot will likely take the average Football Tripper the best part of 30 minutes however with the excellent Portuguese weather it can be quite pleasurable.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • R. Dom Manuel I 3, 3030-320 Coimbra, Portugal

Car Parks

Once you get to the stadium you will either have to contend with on-street parking or the car-parks attached to the various shopping centres such as Dole Vita which is practically adjoined to the stadium’s north stand.

There doesn’t appear to be an official on-site car park of Coimbra’s Municipal Stadium.

Train

The closest train station to Academica’s ground is São José which can be found a few hundred metres south along Rua Tomé Rodrigues Sobral.

Coimbra railway station

This is the first stop from the city’s main railway station which is usually referred to as just “Coimbra”, and is certainly an alternative to walking.

Bus

You can catch various bus services to the roads surrounding Estádio Cidade de Coimbra however there doesn’t appear to be an official online source for bus routes and further information.

It appears as if the 7T bus in the direction of Tovim can be caught from outside Coimbra Station to Sao Jose train station, with the stops in some cases referred to as Coimbra-A and Coimbra-B.

Hotels

There are no places to stay around the ground which means you will have to look for accommodation options back within city centre. Along Rua do Brasil on the eastern bank of the Rio Mondego there are numerous well priced options including a Hotel Ibis, Hotel Astoria and Hotel Bragança.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 6, 2016

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