The Portuguese national team will officially inaugurate the new Algarve stadium in a forthcoming international, the chairman of the Portuguese Football Federation and Euro 2004, S. A., Gilberto Madaíl, revealed during his trip to the southern venue along with tournament director, António Laranjo.
"This is a commitment which I assume with Algarve, the country's biggest tourism region. It is right to bring such an event to this region, as it rarely happens in this area," said Madaíl. It is not yet known who the opposition will be for the game, or when it will be played.
Originally christened as Estádio InterMunicipal de Faro/Loulé, both town hall presidents, José Vitorino and Seruca Emídio, decided to rename the venue as Estádio do Algarve. The decision has been approved by Madaíl, who believed the stadium would be a focal point for other major developments in the region.
Latter years' biggest project
The chairman of Euro 2004, S. A. added that this was "the biggest project in the Algarve's recent history" and that "UEFA EURO 2004™ was helping to boost works such as the conclusion of the motorway in the area, the new railway between Lisbon and Faro and airport expansion.
Madaíl was speaking at a ceremony for regional promotion, which also featured both town hall presidents and the chairman of the Algarve Tourism Region, Paulo Neves.
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