In February 2020, two researchers from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies visited for two days Estadio Do Dragão in Portugal, one of the pilot stadiums of the LIFE TACKLE project.
Inaugurated in 2003, it is the current home stadium of FC Porto, with a capacity of around 50,000 and was the venue for some of the Euro 2004 matches, UEFA Nations League final and will be the upcoming UEFA Super Cup’s stage. Like other football stadiums in Europe, Estadio Do Dragão has joined the LIFE TACKLE project in order to reduce its environmental impact.

The main objective of the field mission was to calculate the carbon footprint of the stadium and promote the reduction of GHG emissions during big sport events such as UEFA and FIFA matches.

The researchers met the Manager of FC Porto and discussed how to build a framework that can help the stadium reduce the carbon footprint of its future sport events. They visited different sites of FC Porto and categorized and analysed the different levels of emissions by sources, in order to formulate strategic emission goals and provide future recommendations.