Estadio da Luz: Benfica

Avenue General Norton de Matos, 1500-313 Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, 1500-313
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There’s nothing quite like massively confusing people by naming your new stadium after your old stadium. Technically Benfica didn’t actually do that, with the official name of their ground being Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Both the new stadium and the old one are known as the Estádio da Luz, however, which is often translated as ‘The Stadium Of Light’. Some will tell you that’s incorrect, however, with the original ground being built on the Estrada da Luz.

To Benfica supporters the stadium is a cathedral, with some even calling it such. Opened in 2003, the ground is a UEFA category four stadium and that allows it to host big matches such as those played in the UEFA European Championships of 2004 and the 2014 Champions League final. In October of 2014 readers of L’Équipe voted that it was the most beautiful stadium in Europe. Have that, ugly stadiums.

Stats

Estadio da Luz Stats
Year Opened2003
Capacity65,647
Average Attendance38,250
Record Attendance65,400 (Benfica v Nacional (2003))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameEstádio da Luz
Former NameEstádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
OwnerS.L. Benfica S.A.D.
Clubs HostedBenfica, Benfica B, Portugal National Team
First FixtureBenfica v Nacional (25/10/2003)
Benfica Stats
Year Founded1904
NicknameÁguias, Encarnados, Glorioso
Club MascotÁguia Vitória
RivalsSporting CP, FC Porto
Previous StadiumsEstádio das Amoreiras, Estádio do Campo Grande, Estádio da Luz
KitRed & White (Home) / White & Red (Away)
Training GroundFutebol Campus
Shirt SponsorFly Emirates
Team OwnerS.L. Benfica S.A.D.
Record GoalscorerEusébio (473)
Record AppearancesNené (575)

Estadio da Luz Photos

Estadio da Luz Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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Stands at Estádio da Luz are named after the companies that sponsor them, but it’s probably best to tell you about their geographical location in case those companies change. The North Stand houses the away supporters, The East Stand runs along the side of the pitch, The West Stand contains the dugouts, players tunnel and changing rooms and The South Stand is a replica of its Northern counterpart. The stadium has a ‘bowl’ design and there are four tiers running around it.

Benfica Ticket Prices

As is often the case with European clubs, finding out the ticketing scheme can be quite tricky. What we can tell you is that Benfica have two different pricing structures, one for ‘Socios’, or club members, and one for the public. There’s also a different price depending on where in the ground you want to sit. The club also charges different prices depending on the level of opposition, but for their game against Nacional the prices ranged from €30 to €90 for adults buying in the public sale.

How To Get Benfica Tickets

You can buy tickets online, from the club’s ticket office and from official retailers throughout Lisbon.

Where to Buy

Getting To Estadio da Luz

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Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and as such getting there is relatively easy. Here are some of the most common methods you’ll want to use:

Train - Getting the train to Lisbon will take the best part of a day, with your journey taking you from St. Pancras to Paris Nord on the Eurostar before changing to Paris Montparnasse from where you’ll get a train to Irun. From there you get another train to Lisboa Oriente. The ground itself is served by Colegio Mililitar/Luz on the Blue Metro line.

Bus - Plenty of buses will get you to Estádio da Luz including the 703, the 750, the 765 and the 799.

Car - The stadium is on the E1 Expressway, which is the main ring road heading West of the city. If you want more specific instructions you might do well to get yourself a sat-nav or something.

By Air - Aeroporto da Portela, or Lisbon Portela Airport in English, is the largest airport in Portugal and is just a few miles from the city centre.

Taxi - Getting to the ground from Lisboa Oriente station will take you just under twenty minutes and should cost about €15.

Parking Near Estadio da Luz

There are two pubic parking areas outside the stadium that you can use if you want to drive.

Useful Resources

Estadio da Luz Hotels

As the country’s capital it’s fair to say that Lisbon has got a number of excellent hotels. Here are some of our favourites:

ibis Lisboa José Malhoa - £30+

Avenida Jose Malhoa 10, Lisbon, 1070
About twenty-five minutes walk from the ground is this member of the ibis chain of hotels. It’s got a bar, a meeting room, a business centre, self-parking and free Wi-Fi. It’s basic, but it’s quite cheap. More details.

SANA Metropolitan Hotel - £55+

Rua Soeiro Pereira Gomes, Parcela 2, Lisbon, 1600-198
Around twenty minutes walk from the stadium is this large, 4-star hotel with a restaurant, a bar, a fitness centre, a 24-hour business centre and self-parking. There’s also the de rigueur free Wi-Fi. More details.

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon - £80+

Avenida Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro, 105, Lisbon, 1099-031
This luxury hotel is about twenty minutes walk from the Estádio da Luz and you’ll be grateful you opted to stay here. With a restaurant, two bars, a full-service spa and health club including indoor pool and a terrace area, you really will be able to luxuriate during your stay. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Estadio da Luz

All capital cities have a mix of tourist traps and quaint little local bars. Lisbon is no exception. Here’s where we like to go for a pre-match port:

Hennessy's

Cais do sodré 32-38, 1200-450 Lisboa (+351 21 346 2467)
Located near to the sea front is this Irish pub that’s been refurbished quite recently. There’s a decent menu, loads of drink options including, of course, Guinness, plus plenty of TVs for the watching of any interesting sporting event.

The Corner Irish Pub Lisbon

nº9, Tv. da Queimada, 1200-285 Lisboa (+351 21 342 6787)
There’s a reason Irish bars are so popular around the world when it comes to sport and that’s because they know what they’re doing. The Corner bar fits into that bracket, with their good menu, selection of drinks, TVs for sport and welcoming atmosphere.

Sky Bar

Av. da Liberdade 185, 1269-050 Lisboa (+351 21 319 8832)
The Sky Bar is actually part of the Tivoli hotel in Lisbon. It’s not exactly a sports bar, but if the Irish pub scene isn’t for you then this rooftop bar with fantastic views of the city might tick your boxes instead.

Facilities

As one of the best stadiums in Portugal it’s fair to say that Estádio da Luz has some excellent facilities. The views are great from pretty much everywhere and there are a number of kiosks from where you can buy plenty of food and drink.

Hospitality

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There are a number of match day hospitality packages available at Estádio da Luz, with the stadium featuring a row of executive boxes all the way around. If you’d like to know more then your best bet is to get in touch with the club directly.

Private Hire

Up to 3000 people can be accommodated for conferences and events at Estádio da Luz. The private boxes are also able to used as offices from 9am until 7pm, should you be looking for a regular office space in Lisbon and think that takes your fancy.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours of Estádio da Luz run regularly apart from on match days and in the run-up to European games. The museum is also open every day form 10am until 6pm. The price for doing just the tour or only looking around the museum is the same, with either costing €10 for adults, €6 for concessions and €4 for children. If you’d like to do both then it will set you back €15, €10 or €6 respectively.

About Benfica

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Sport Lisboa e Benfica has been in existence as a football club since 1904. It is arguably the best known football team in Portugal, playing its games in the Primeira Liga but also regularly playing in European competitions such as the Champions League. Alongside their rivals, Porto and Sporting CP, Benfica have never been relegated from the Portuguese top-flight.

Benfica is the most successful club in Portuguese football, having won 75 domestic trophies. That includes 35 Primiera Liga titles, 25 Taça de Portugals and seven Taça da Ligas, all of which are records. In both 1961 and 1962 they won the European Cup, one of only a few club sides to win it in consecutive years and the only Portuguese side to do so.

Estadio da Luz History

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The previous Estádio da Luz could accommodate 120,000 people, but when it was demolished and the new stadium built the new Estádio da Luz’s capacity was reduced to just over 65,000. The architect, Damon Lavelle, decided to concentrate on the light and transparency of the ground, giving it a polycarbonate roof that allows sunshine to penetrate through. There are arches on top of the stands that appear to give it a wavy look similar to the design of the stadium itself.

The origins of the nickname of the stadium (Estádio da Luz) are confused to say the least. Some will tell you it’s because it was built next to the Estrada da Luz, taking the ‘Luz’ part from that. Others say that it was named in honour of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz, or the Church of Our Lady of the Light. Whatever the reason, the name has carried over to the new ground, encouraged by the work of Lavelle and his team in the design of the ground. As well as Benfica matches the stadium also hosts occasional Portugal national team games as well as five Euro 2004 games, including the final that Portugal lost 1-0 to Greece.

Future Developments

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There are no planned developments for Estádio da Luz at the time of writing. If that changes, so will this section.

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