Estádio da Madeira or Estádio da Choupana as it is informally known as amongst fans is a purpose built football ground located in the Portuguese city of Funchal. Home to Primeira Liga football team Clube Desportivo Nacional since opening in 2000, the ground has a current capacity of 5,132.
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CD Nacional Stadium Guide
Estádio da Madeira History
Estádio da Madeira first opened back on the 8th December in the year 2000, after a two year construction with the stadium consisting of a single 2,500 capacity stand. Seven years after opening, CD Nacional’s stadium more than doubled in capacity after an additional all-seating stand was erected along the opposite side of the pitch, brining the current capacity up to 5,132.
Originally known as Estadio Eng. Rui Alves, after the €20 million euro renovations were complete in 2007 the club reached an agreement with the local government to rename the stadium to Estádio da Madeira in order to help promote the island, with the Portuguese archipelago located approximately 250 miles north of popular tourist destinations of Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
The island of Madeira is perhaps more famous for being the birthplace of Real Madrid and Manchester United Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, with the stadium located within a sports complex known as Cidade Desportiva do C.D. Nacional (C.D Nacional Sport City).
As one of the club’s most famous sons, CD Nacional are currently constructing a campus and academy which they will name after the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner.
Informally known to fans as Estádio da Choupana after the mountainous district it resides within, Estádio da Madeira is the second largest stadium on the island, behind the 8,922 capacity Estádio dos Barreiros which is home to Nacional’s rivals, Club Sport Marítimo who also compete within the top flight of Portuguese football as of the 2015 season.
Estádio da Madeira Away Section
It appears as if the visiting supporters share the two main tribunes with the home fans although they may officially be allocated seats within one section of the ground.
CD Nacional Club Shop
Fans of CD Nacional can purchase merchandise from either the club headquarters located at Rua do Esmeraldo, No. 46 or online from the official website.
The headquarters which doubles as a shop are usually open Monday to Saturday between 9.30 am – 12.30 pm, and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm. Times may vary however when there is a match on.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
It doesn’t look as if tours of Estadio do Madeira and the wider sports complex are currently offered to fans. You can still take a lot of it in on matchdays though so don’t despair.
How to buy CD Nacional Tickets
Tickets to see Clube Desportivo Nacional play football at their home ground are almost always purchased in person whether that’s from the club headquarters or at the stadium before kick-off.
Online sales for Portugal’s smaller teams are very rare – even if they are in the Primeira Liga, and prices are usually well below €20.00 per ticket.
How to get to Estádio da Madeira
Where is Estádio da Madeira?
Estádio da Madeira is located within C.D Nacional Sport City which includes a campus named after Cristiano Ronaldo.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- 9060-329 Funchal, Portugal
Estadio do Madeira boasts a car park which spans three floors and is capable of accommodating up to 700 vehicles at a time.
Train - Public Transport
There isn’t really any rail infrastructure within the island of Madeira, and no train station in Funchal.
Airports and Flying
The island is served by Madeira International Airport which is sometimes referred to by the locals as Funchal Airport. Although there are some direct flights from Europe, most flights require you to transfer in either Porto or Lisbon.
Hotels Near Estádio da Madeira
There is a 20 room hotel located within the sports campus however it is probably expensive and booked out well in advance of matchdays.
The largest cluster of well-priced hotels can be found in Funchal along Av. Do Infante and Avenue Do Mar. Three such examples are Hotel Madeira, Hotel Orquidea and Hotel Do Carmo.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Estádio da Madeira?
Portuguese side CD Nacional play their home matches at Estádio da Madeira.
What is the capacity of Estádio da Madeira?
As of 2021 Estádio da Madeira has an official seating capacity of 5,132 for Football matches.
When was Estádio da Madeira opened?
Estádio da Madeira officially opened in 1998 and is home to CD Nacional
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Estádio da Madeira in 2021. Please visit the official website of CD Nacional for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.