Estádio Universitário de Lisboa
|Estádio Universitário de Lisboa|
|Owner||University of Lisbon|
|Capacity||8,000 (Estádio de Honra)|
|Portugal national rugby union team|
The Lisbon University Stadium (Portuguese: Estádio Universitário de Lisboa) is a unit within the University of Lisbon, and a multivenue park located in Alvalade, Lisbon, comprising several sports facilities, and mostly known for its main venue and namesake, the Estádio de Honra, a multi-use stadium. It also includes several indoors arenas, tennis courts, football fields, a golf course, a swimming pool complex and a medical centre. It was under direct government management until 2013, when it was integrated in the university.
The stadium was created as part of the Cidade Universitária de Lisboa, the university campus promoted by the Estado Novo to house (most) faculties of the University of Lisbon. It was built following a plan by architects João Simões and Norberto Correia and was inaugurated on May 7, 1956.
In 1962 the stadium was one of the main stages of the Academic Crisis that would eventually lead to the resignation of the then-Rector of the university (and later de facto ruler of Portugal) Marcello Caetano.
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Estádio de Honra
The capacity of the Estádio de Honra is 8,000 spectators. It is used as the home stadium of Portugal national rugby union team matches. It also hosted the 1994 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
The Rugby governing body ERC announced on September 2 that the Portuguese representative club Lusitanos XV would hold their home games of the 2013-14 Amlin Challenge Cup at Estádio Nacional. However, all their home games of the 2013-14 Amlin Challenge Cup were played at the Estádio Universitário de Lisboa instead of Estádio Nacional.
The swimming pool complex was built in 1995-97 following a project by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos. It opened in 1997 and includes a 50-metre olympic indoor pool.
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