Estádio José Alvalade
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|Full name||Estádio José Alvalade|
|Owner||Sporting Clube de Portugal|
|Record attendance||50,046 vs Real Madrid
(22 November 2016)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||6 August 2003|
|Construction cost||€105 million|
|Sporting Clube de Portugal (2003–present)|
The stadium is the center of a complex called Alvalade XXI, designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira, 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. The complex cost a total of €162 million, with the stadium accounting with almost €121 million. On the exterior, the stadium features multi-coloured tiles. Seats are also arranged in a random-looking colour mix.
It was classified by UEFA as a 5-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. The stadium – originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time – has a capacity of 50,095 and was acoustically engineered as a venue for major concerts. 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. 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. It also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final between Sporting and CSKA Moscow, which CSKA Moscow won 3–1.
After years of coping with a poor playing surface, the Sporting board initially decided to install synthetic turf for the 2011-12 season, but this decision was later abandoned for the use of artificial lighting by Stadium Grow Lighting.
This stadium was also featured in a Travel and Living Channel culinary-themed show called World Cafe, guided by Bobby Chinn, when they were travelling in Lisbon. They cooked a traditional Portuguese sweet dish right in the middle of the pitch.
|Team #1||Score||Team #2||Date|
|Sporting CP||3–1||Manchester United||06/08/2003|
UEFA Euro 2004
|Team #1||Team #2||Date||Attendance||Notes|
|Germany||1–2||Czech Republic||23/06/2004||46,849||Group Stage|
2005 UEFA Cup Final
|Team #1||Score||Team #2||Date||Attendance|
|Sporting CP||1–3||CSKA Moscow||18/05/2005||47,085|
Other Internationals hosted
|Team #1||Team #2||Date||Attendance||Competition||Notes|
|Portugal||7–1||Russia||13/10/2004||44,258||2006 World Cup qualification||Russia's biggest ever defeat|
|Portugal||4–0||Belgium||24/03/2007||48,009||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying||First ever competitive win over Belgium|
|Portugal||1–1||Serbia||12/09/2007||47,000||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|Portugal||2–3||Denmark||10/09/2008||33,406||2010 World Cup qualification||First ever competitive loss against Denmark|
|Portugal||1–1||Israel||11/10/2013||48,317||2014 World Cup qualification|
- Disabled Seats – 50
- Skybox Seats – 1,542
- VIP and Business Seats – 1,968
- Tribune Seats – 100
- Public Seats (Level A) – 24,261
- Public Seats (Level B) – 21,970
- 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.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
- Campo Grande Station