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Posted by portugalpress on May 08, 2017
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Bela Vista stadium

After securing a promotion spot to Portugal’s top division for the first time since 2010, Algarve football club Portimonense has announced plans to expand its stadium by 2,000 seats.

The project will boost the stadium’s capacity to “around 7,500 or 8,000 seats”, the club’s director of football Rodiney Sampaio told Correio da Manhã tabloid.

The goal is to make more room for when Portimonense hosts matches against Portugal’s “Big Three” (Benfica, Sporting and Porto), which fill stadiums up with fans no matter where in the country they play.

Sampaio added that the pitch will also be replaced and more parking will be built near the stadium.

Estádio Municipal de Portimão (Portimão Municipal Stadium) belongs to Portimão council so any plans for expansion will have to be approved by the local authority.

Club and council officials have already met but a “definitive project” has yet to be presented. The council has stressed that all works will be paid for by the club.

Portimonense was founded in Portimão in 1914. It is one of the Algarve’s most successful clubs, having competed in Portugal’s Primeira Liga 14 times. Its best season was in 1984/85 when it finished fifth and clinched a UEFA Cup spot.

Bela Vista impresses Brazilians

Meantime, Brazilian football website Torcedores has praised the “impressive” infrastructures of Lagoa’s Bela Vista stadium, which between April 30 and May 4 hosted a series of matches included in a Brazilian veteran football tournament (Copa AFIA).

“If you are used to matches that take place in precarious stadiums without conditions for players, fans, referees and the media in some top divisions in Brazil, then you would certainly be surprised to see the Bela Vista stadium in Portugal,” reporter Allan Simon wrote.

He explains that while the 2,000 seat stadium hosts mostly amateur football matches, its infrastructures are well beyond the Brazilian standard.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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