Officially the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica or Estádio da Luz as it is commonly known, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon.
Benfica Stadium Guide
|Address:||Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Lisbon, 1500-313|
|Pitch Size:||105 x 68 m|
|Record Attendance:||64,591 vs Guimarães (13th May 2017)|
|Stadium Owner:||S.L. Benfica|
|Names:||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Official), A Luz (the Light), A Catedral (The Cathedral), O Inferno da Luz (The hell of light), The Stadium or road of Light (English)|
|Architect:||Populous (HOK Sport)|
|Construction Cost:||€162 million|
Estádio da Luz History
Constructed in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament, Benfica’s stadium held its inaugural match against Uruguayan side Club Nacional de Football on the 25th October 2003. The opening fixture which Benfica won 2-1 saw the stadium set a record attendance of 65,400 with the club proceeding to use the ground for the remainder of their season. The Estádio da Luz proceeded to host a memorable season with Benfica earning home victories against traditional rivals FC Porto and Sporting.
With the precedent of exciting football set, Estádio da Luz was ready to host International Football with Benfica’s new home set to host five matches in total including three group matches. The quarter final proved to be one of the more memorable games of the tournament with Portugal taking on England in a match which saw the home side win on penalties after extra time. The final proved to be slightly anti-climatic with Greece defeating hosts Portugal 1 nil, but the stadium was deemed a success by UEFA.
Designed by architect Damon Lavelle to let as much light in as possible, Estádio da Luz, The Stadium of Light (A name shared with Sunderland’s ground), certainly lives up to its name with the polycarbonate roof allowing natural sunbeams onto the pitch with the roof appearing to levitate above the stands due to special tie-beams which eliminates the need for intrusive supports which allows even more light into the ground.
With the warm Portuguese climate, Benfica’s stadium is very popular with fans with some even beginning to call it “A Catedral”, The Cathedral. The name proved to be appropriate when it became a Mecca for European Football when The Stadium of Light hosted the 2013/2014 Champions League final between Galácticos and Atletico Madrid in a fiercely contested Madrid derby.
S.L. Benfica Info
|Full Name:||Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Rivals:||Sporting CP (Lisbon Derby), FC Porto (O Clássico)|
|Team Colours:||Red and White|
|Club Mascot:||The Eagle|
|Nicknames:||As Águias (The Eagles), Os Encarnados (The Reds), O Glorioso (The Glorious One)|
|Training Ground:||Benfica Campus|
|Former Stadiums:||Estádio das Amoreiras (1925-1940), Estádio do Campo Grande (1940-1953), Original Estádio da Luz (1954-2003)|
|Famous Players:||Robert Enke, Rui Costa, Victor Lindelöf, João Félix, Rúben Dias|
|Famous Managers:||Sven-Göran Eriksson, Graeme Souness, Jorge Jesus, Rui Vitória, Cosme Damião|
|Team Goalscorer:||Eusébio (473)|
|Most Appearances:||Nené (575)|
Estádio da Luz Seating Plan
Estádio da Luz Away Section
The standard away allocation for European matches appears to be appear 3,000 tickets, however for Newcastle United’s trip back in 2013 for the Europa League this was apparently increased to 4,000. Of course these fixtures are generally in less demand amongst home supporters, particularly if the league cup is being prioritised.
Travelling fans are usually housed within the third-tier of the north-east corner in what many refer to as the coca-cola stand. The standard allocation puts away fans within sections 31, 32 and 33. As the stadium’s capacity is a smallish-large at 65,000, views are generally pretty decent from the away section.
Best Pubs near ground
With excellent transport links and a lack of bars immediately around Estadio da Luz you’re much better of drinking in the city centre both before and after the match.
Benfica Club Shop
Benfica operate a club shop at the stadium known as the Benfica Megastore in addition to an official online store. Located in the north-eastern side of the ground, it is usually open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm, and it acts as the gift shop and final point of the stadium tour.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
Tours of the world class facilities at Estadio da Luz can either be booked independently or as part of a museum package. Lasting around 60 minutes there are usually around 15 tours a day which depart every half an hour or so from 10.00 am onwards until 7.00 pm however the Museum closes at 6.00 pm.
Tour and Museum Prices:
- Adults: €15.00
- Children (4-17): €6.00
- Senior (65+): €10.00
- Family: €34.00
How to buy Benfica Tickets
Tickets to see Benfica in action at their stadium of light can be purchased via the usual channels including Online and at the ticket office at the stadium. Prices are generally divided into two sections of seating based on whether you are behind the goal or sat along the sides.
Granstands: M Bench and TMN
- Lower Level 0: €22.50
- Level 0 Superior: €35.00
- Floor 1: €50.00
- Level 3 Lower: €35.00
- floor 3 Superior: €22.50
Goal-Ends: Coca Cola and Sagres
- Lower Level 0: €20.00
- Level 0 Superior: €25.00
- Floor 1: €37.50
- Level 3 Lower: €25.00
- floor 3 Superior: €20.00
Please note that the above prices are based on a match against F.C Penafiel and may not be representative of all league matches, particularly derby matches.
How to get to Estádio da Luz
Where is Estádio da Luz?
Estadio da Luz is located approximately 6km north-west of Lisbon’s city centre, and around 7 miles from Castelo de São Jorge in the historic quarter.
The address for satnav is as follows:
- Avenida General Norton de Matos, 1500-313 Lisboa, Portugal
There is a small amount of official parking available at the stadium however we’re unsure as to the exact arrangements on matchdays.
Train - Public Transport
Rossio Railway Station or Estação Central as it was previously known as is the main train station of Lisbon. Located on Rossio Square it is well connected to the rest of the country and it is 6.4 km south-east of Benfica’s stadium.
The closest metro station to the stadium is technically Alto dos Moinhos however Colegio Militar/Luz (The official metro stop) is a a much safer and easier walk to the stadium.
Both stops are situated on the Azul Line and are around 7-8 stops from the city centre depending on where you get on from.
Airports and Flying
Lisbon is served by Aeroporto da Portela which is the largest airport in Portugal. Often known as Lisbon Portela Airport, it is located approximately 6km north-east of Estadio da Luz.
Hotels Near Estádio da Luz
Whilst there aren’t many hotels within close proximity of the stadium the centre of Lisbon is jam-packed with accommodation options to suit all budgets. Any hotels located within distance of stops on the Azul line such as Marquês de Pombal will make it exceptional easy to get to the stadium.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Estádio da Luz?
Portuguese side Benfica play their home matches at Estádio da Luz.
What is the capacity of Estádio da Luz?
As of 2023 Estádio da Luz has an official seating capacity of 65,647 for Football matches.
When was Estádio da Luz opened?
Estádio da Luz officially opened in 2003 and is home to Benfica
What is the postcode for Estádio da Luz?
The postcode for Estádio da Luz is 1500-313.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Estádio da Luz in 2023. Please visit the official website of Benfica for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.