Estádio da Luz, officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, is the home of SL Benfica and was host to the Euro 2004 final. The stadium has a capacity of 64,400 seats, of which more than 7,000 business seats.
The new Estádio da Luz replaced Benfica’s old stadium with the same name. The stadium was built between 2002 and 2003 and opened on the 25th of October 2003. The first match was played between Benfica and Uruguayan side Nacional (2-1), with the first goal scored by Nuno Gomes.
At the Euro 2004 Championships the stadium hosted three group matches, the quarter-final between Portugal and England (2-2), and the final between Greece and Portugal (1-0).
Estádio da Luz is located in the north of Lisbon, almost 8 kilometres north of Lisbon’s city centre, and not far away from Lisbon’s other major stadium, the Estádio José Alvalade.
The stadium lies adjacent to the E1 (Av. General Norton de Matos) motorway. Take the exit toward Benfica. The stadium is clearly visible from the motorway and signposted coming from the east.
The stadium can furthermore be reached with the blue metro line, which also passes right through Lisbon’s city centre. Get off at station Colégio Militar / Luz.
Buses that pass the stadium are line 703, 726, 729, 750, 765, 767, 768, and 799. They stop either at metro Colégio Militar, at the Estrada da Luz, or at Av. General Norton de Matos (750).
Address: Av. General Norton de Matos, 1500-313 Lisboa
Tickets for Benfica games can be purchased at the ticket office at the stadium. Tickets can also be bought on the day of the match at the gates of the stadium. Apart from the odd match against Sporting or Porto, Benfica does not tend to sell out many matches.
For more information call +351 21 721 95 00.
SL Benfica organises guided stadium tours round the stadium that include access to the VIP areas, players tunnel, dugouts, and the away team dressing rooms.
The tours run at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. There are no tours on matchdays.
Tickets can be bought at the stadium or through the online reservation form.
The tour costs €12.50. For more information call +351 217 219 520 or email email@example.com.
Relevant Internet links:
SLBenfica.pt – Official website of SL Benfica.
Visitlisboa.com – Official tourism website of the city of Lisbon.
Metrolisboa.pt – Information about the Lisbon metro.
Carris.pt – Information about Lisbon’s bus services.