Estádio José Alvalade (1956)

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Estádio José Alvalade
Antigo Estádio José Alvalade.jpg
Full name Estádio José Alvalade
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Owner Sporting Clube de Portugal
Capacity ~ 60,000 [1]
Surface Grass
Built 1956
Opened 10 June 1956
Closed 2003
Demolished 2003
Sporting Clube de Portugal

Estádio José Alvalade was a multi-purpose stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. The stadium was able to hold 52,411 people. It was inaugurated on 10 June 1956.

The home ground of Sporting Clube de Portugal for 47 years, it was mostly used for football matches, but also athletics. It was named after Sporting founder José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette, known as José Alvalade after his family. José Alvalade borrowed money from his grandfather, the Viscount of Alvalade, in order to fund Sporting. The club was founded on 1 July 1906.

It was closed in 2003, when the new Estádio José Alvalade opened.


During the 1990s, Estadio José Alvalade was one of the most prominent venue for rock concerts in Portugal, hosting tour dates of many high-profile international artists, including among many others, rock band Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M., David Bowie, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Genesis. This era was inaugurated on 29 June 1989 with a concert by The Cure, during their Prayer Tour promoting the album Disintegration.

Michael Jackson performed in 16 September 1992, to a sold-out crowd of 80,000 people. Also, Guns N' Roses performed in 2 July 1992, again, to a sold-out concert. Both are important to notice since they are the only artists to sold-out the stadium on a music event.

Portugal national football team[edit]

The national team first played in the stadium in 1957 and had its last game in 2002.


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  2. ^ Portugal was 5-1 up at 68 minutes, but then one of the Angola players was injured. All the team's 7 substitutions have been used by then and 4 Angola's players had already been sent-off. Hence the game was abandoned at that time with the said scoreline, due to Angola not being allowed to play with 6 players on the field.

Coordinates: 38°45′46″N 9°09′31″W / 38.7628177°N 9.1586173°W / 38.7628177; -9.1586173