Pavilhão da Luz Nº 1

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Pavilhão Fidelidade
Different view of Pavilhão da Luz n.º1.JPG
Full name Pavilhão da Luz Nº 1
Former names Pavilhão Açoreana Seguros
Pavilhão Império Bonança
Location Avenue General Norton de Matos, 1500-313 Lisbon
Coordinates 38°45′05″N 9°11′01″W / 38.751259°N 9.183613°W / 38.751259; -9.183613Coordinates: 38°45′05″N 9°11′01″W / 38.751259°N 9.183613°W / 38.751259; -9.183613
Public transit Alto dos Moinhos and Colégio Militar/Luz
Lisbon Metro Blue Line
Owner S.L. Benfica
Capacity 2,400
Built Between March 2002 and February 2004
Opened 28 February 2004 (2004-02-28)
Architect Damon Lavelle
Roller Hockey

The Pavilhão da Luz Nº 1, known as Pavilhão Fidelidade for sponsorship reasons, is the main arena of Portuguese multi-sport club S.L. Benfica. It has a capacity of 2,400 seats and it is mainly used by the basketball, futsal and roller hockey departments of the club.

Built at the same time as the new Estádio da Luz, it was designed from the start to replace the 37-year old Pavilhão da Luz, which was torn down in March 2003.[1][2] Opened on 28 February 2004, during the celebrations of the club centenary, its first game opposed the basketball section against Ovarense.[3] Its features include a NBA-style scoreboard, and other standard amenities like safety nets behind the goals, press boxes, five locker rooms, bars, medical offices and accommodation to handicapped fans.[3] Eight months after its opening, Benfica sold the arena naming rights to Açoreana Seguros for a fee rumoured to be close to €1 million.[4]


  1. ^ "Seara Cardoso abre "caixinha" da nova Luz" [Seara Cardoso opens "little box" of the new Luz]. (in Portuguese). 4 December 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Últimas emoções no Pavilhão da Luz" [Last thrills in Pavilhão da Luz]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 March 2003. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "A catedral das modalidades" [The cathedral of sports]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 February 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Açoreana Seguros dá nome ao pavilhão" [Açoreana Seguros gets naming rights]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 October 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

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