Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon

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Estádio José Alvalade is a football stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, home of Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the country's biggest clubs. It is the center of a complex called Alvalade XXI (which includes a mall called Alvaláxia with a 12-screen movie theater, a health club, the club's museum, a sports pavilion, a clinic, and an office building), designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira. It was classified by UEFA as a 5-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. This stadium – originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time – has a capacity of 50,044 and was acoustically engineered as a venue for major concerts.Depeche Mode played the concert of their Devotional Tour, at the sold-out Alvalade Stadium in front of 50,000 people. The stadium has also a total of 1,315 underground parking spaces, including 30 for disabled spectators. Its official opening was on 6 August 2003 when Sporting played and beat Manchester United 3–1. It also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final between Sporting and CSKA Moscow, which CSKA Moscow won 3–1. On the exterior, the stadium features multi-colored tiles. Seats are arranged in a random-looking color mix to give an illusion that the stadium is always at capacity.

The stadium hosted five matches of UEFA Euro 2004, one of them being the semi-final between Portugal and the Netherlands, which Portugal won 2–1. This match won the title of Best Organized in the whole competition.

The complex called Alvalade XXI cost a total of €154 million, with the stadium accounting with almost €105 million.

After years of coping with a poor playing surface, the Sporting board initially decided to install synthetic turf for the 2011-2012 season, but this decision was latter abandoned for the use of artificial lighting by Stadium Grow Lighting.

First match

Team #1 Score Team #2 Date
Sporting CP 3 – 1 Manchester United 06/08/2003

Internationals hosted

Team #1 Team #2 Date Attendance Competition Notes
Sweden 5 – 0 Bulgaria 14/06/2004 31,652 UEFA Euro 2004 Group Stage
Spain 0 – 1 Portugal 20/06/2004 47,491 UEFA Euro 2004 Group Stage
Germany 1 – 2 Czech Republic 23/06/2004 46,849 UEFA Euro 2004 Group Stage
France 0 – 1 Greece 25/06/2004 45,390 UEFA Euro 2004 Quarter-Finals
Portugal 2 – 1 Netherlands 30/06/2004 49,679 UEFA Euro 2004 Semi-finals
Portugal 7 – 1 Russia 13/10/2004 44,258 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification Russia's biggest ever defeat
Portugal 4 – 0 Belgium 24/03/2007 48,009 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Portugal 1 – 1 Serbia 12/09/2007 47,000 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Portugal 2 – 3 Denmark 10/09/2008 43,000 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

2005 UEFA Cup Final

Team #1 Score Team #2 Date Attendance
Sporting CP 1 – 3 CSKA Moscow 18/05/2005 48,500

Seating distribution

  • Public Seats – 46,212
  • Box Seats – 1,512
  • VIP and Business Seats – 1,968
  • Honour Seats – 130
  • Disabled Seats – 50
  • Press Seats – 204


The Stadium is served by the Campo Grande station of the Lisbon Metro and a bus terminal served by several companies. The Segunda Circular, a major ring road of Lisbon, runs close by and the stadium can be reached via the exit Estádio de Alvalade. There are several car parks around the stadium.

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