Estádio José Alvalade

Estádio José Alvalade

Full name Estádio José Alvalade
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Coordinates 38°45′40.30″N 9°9′38.82″W / 38.7611944°N 9.1607833°W / 38.7611944; -9.1607833
Owner Sporting Clube de Portugal
Capacity 50,095
Record attendance 50,046 vs Real Madrid[1]
(22 November 2016)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Broke ground 2003
Opened 6 August 2003[2]
Construction cost €121 million
Architect Tomás Taveira
Sporting Clube de Portugal (2003-present)
UEFA Euro 2004
2005 UEFA Cup Final

Estádio José Alvalade is a football stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, home of Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the "Big Three" clubs in Portugal. Having replaced the former Estádio José Alvalade (1956), 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. The stadium – originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time – has a capacity of 50,095[3] 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. 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-coloured tiles. Seats are also arranged in a random-looking colour mix.

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.

The complex, officially known as Alvalade XXI, cost a total of €162 million, with the stadium accounting with almost €121 million and was built adjacent to the site of the previous Estádio José Alvalade.

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.

First match

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

UEFA Euro 2004

Team #1 Team #2 Date Attendance Notes
Sweden Sweden 5–0 Bulgaria Bulgaria 14/06/2004 31,652 Group Stage
Spain Spain 0–1 Portugal Portugal 20/06/2004 47,491 Group Stage
Germany Germany 1–2 Czech Republic Czech Republic 23/06/2004 46,849 Group Stage
France France 0–1 Greece Greece 25/06/2004 45,390 Quarter-Finals
Portugal Portugal 2–1 Netherlands Netherlands 30/06/2004 46,679 Semi-finals

2005 UEFA Cup Final

Team #1 Score Team #2 Date Attendance
Sporting CP Portugal 1–3 Russia CSKA Moscow 18/05/2005 47,085

Other Internationals hosted

Team #1 Team #2 Date Attendance Competition Notes
Portugal Portugal 7–1 Russia Russia 13/10/2004 44,258 2006 World Cup qualification Russia's biggest ever defeat
Portugal Portugal 4–0 Belgium Belgium 24/03/2007 48,009 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying First ever competitive win over Belgium
Portugal Portugal 1–1 Serbia Serbia 12/09/2007 47,000 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Portugal Portugal 2–3 Denmark Denmark 10/09/2008 33,406 2010 World Cup qualification First ever competitive loss against Denmark
Portugal Portugal 1–1 Israel Israel 11/10/2013 48,317 2014 World Cup qualification
Portugal Portugal 0–1 France France 04/09/2015 39,853 Friendly

Seating distribution


The Stadium is served by the Campo Grande station[4] 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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Preceded by
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Philips Stadion

Coordinates: 38°45′40.30″N 9°9′38.82″W / 38.7611944°N 9.1607833°W / 38.7611944; -9.1607833

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