Estádio José Alvalade - Sporting Lisbon Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: September 3, 2021

Estádio José Alvalade is a purpose-built 50,095 capacity football stadium located in the Portugal capital of Lisbon. Home to one of the biggest and most recognizable teams in the country, Sporting Clube de Portugal, the Alvalade XXI complex first opened in 2003 in anticipation of the Euro 2004 Tournament.

Sporting Lisbon Stadium Guide

Stadium Facts

Team:Sporting Lisbon
Address: Rua Professor Fernando da Fonseca, Lisbon, 1501-806
Pitch Size:105 x 68 m
Record Attendance:50,046 vs Real Madrid (22nd November 2016)
Stadium Owner:Sporting Clube de Portugal
Stadium Names
Names:Estádio do Sporting Clube de Portugal, José Alvalade Stadium (English)
Construction Details
Broke Ground:2003
Architect:Tomás Taveira
Construction Cost:€105 million

Estádio José Alvalade History

Estádio José Alvalade was constructed for the Portuguese hosted Euro 2004 tournament where it hosted five games including the semi final between Portugal and Netherlands which the home side won 2-1. The inaugural match was held the previous summer on the 6th August 2003 when Sporting Lisbon played Manchester United in an entertaining friendly match which ended in victory for the tenants of the new stadium.

Immediately classified as a Five-star stadium by UEFA upon completion, the 50,095 capacity ground was designated as the host of the 2005 UEFA Cup Final which saw Russian side CSKA Moscow defeat Sporting 3-1 in a match with disappointment levels comparable to those of the Euro 2004 final against Greece.

Designed by famous architect Tomás Taveira who also helped conceptualise two of the Euro 2004 stadiums in Aveiro and Leiria, Estádio José Alvalade is famous for it’s bright exterior, curvy architectural lines and colourful seats inside the ground. Built within a wider entertainment complex known as Alvalade XXI which includes a cinema, health club, offices and museum.

Built adjacent to the now demolished former stadium, the new Estádio José Alvalade continues to be named after Sporting Club founder despite the trend for commercialisation across Europe, with the record attendance of 48,855 for a domestic match was set when Sporting CP hosted great rivals Porto on the 7th January 2012.

Outside Sporting's Stadium

View of Estádio José Alvalade

Sporting Lisbon Info

Full Name:Sporting Clube de Portugal
Rivals:S.L. Benfica, FC Porto
Team Colours:Green and White
Club Mascot:Lion
Nicknames:Sporting (In Portugal), Sporting Lisbon (International), Leões (Lions), Verde e brancos (Green and whites)
Training Ground:Academia Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Stadiums:Sítio das Mouras (1907-1956), Original Estádio de Alvalade (1956-2003)
Famous Players:Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Nani, Luís Figo, Peter Schmeichel, Ricardo Quaresma, William Carvalho, Rui Patrício, João Moutinho
Famous Managers:Bobby Robson, Carlos Queiroz, József Szabó, Paulo Bento, Jorge Jesus
Team Owner:Frederico Varandas
Team Goalscorer:Fernando Peyroteo (544)
Most Appearances:Hilário da Conceição (494)
Official Website:
Team Wikipedia:

Estádio José Alvalade Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Sporting Lisbon's Estádio José Alvalade:

Estadio Jose Alvalade Seating Plan

Stand Photos

Estádio José Alvalad is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.

Matchday Experience

Estádio José Alvalade Away Section

Away fans are housed within the north-west corner of the stadium across sections A9, A11, B7, B9, B11, and B13 for disabled supporters. Spanning across two-tiers, visiting supporters can enter the ground via Gate 1 (Porta TMN according to our seating plan) which is next to the Sporting Museum.

There are storage lockers you may use, and after European matches you will be held back for approximately 45 minutes to allow the home fans to disperse and to ease congestion.

Best Pubs near ground

The majority of bars are to be found within Lisbon’s city centre rather than at Esstadio Alvalade and the Campo Grande area. There are quite a few overlooking the Tangus River which when combined with the weather make for the perfect drinking spots.

Food - Places to eat

The stadium is situated within a wider sporting and commercial complex known as Alvalade XX1 which contains a mall.

Sporting Lisbon Club Shop

Inside sporting Lisbon club shop

Sporting Lisbon Club Shop

Sporting Club Portugal operate a store at the stadium in addition to an online shopping page. The club shop is known as the “Loja Verde” which translates as green shop and is located in the south-eastern part of the stadium where tickets are also on sale.

Opening Times

  • Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Sundays and Holidays: 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm

Can you take a stadium Tour?

Tours are available from inside the World of Sporting Museum which is located in the north-west corner of the stadium. The museum is usually open seven days a week from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm, however the stadium tours only run three times a day at 11.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 4.00 pm.

Tour & Museum Prices

  • Adults: €10.00
  • Children: €6.00
  • Schools: €4.00

For further information and to clarify opening times feel free to send an email to [email protected] or phone the museum on +351 217 516 444.

How to buy Sporting Lisbon Tickets

Tickets to see Sporting play at home can be purchased online and printed out at home, or bought in person from the box office at the stadium which is open during the week from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Generally speaking the cheapest tickets are for the higher sections such as Bench B, whereas Central A are the most expensive.

How to get to Estádio José Alvalade

Where is Estádio José Alvalade?

Estadio José Alvalade is located approximately 7 miles north of Lisbon city centre close to Campo Grande which is the campus of the city’s main university.


The stadium is located on The Segunda Circular which is the major ring road of Lisbon, and can be reached by taking the Estádio de Alvalade exit.

The address for satnav is as follows:

  • José Alvalade Stadium, Rua Professor Fernando da Fonseca, 1501-806 Lisbon, Portugal

Car parks

There are a moderate number of spaces located just north-east of the stadium but the official website hasn’t got any information regarding matchday availability and price.

Train - Public Transport

Rossio Railway Station aka Estação Central is the main train station of Lisbon. Located on Rossio Square it is well connected to the rest of Portugal and it is 6.7 km south of Sporting’s stadium.

Public Transport of Estádio José Alvalade


The closest metro station is Campo Grande Station which can be accessed via both the yellow (Amarela) and green (Verde) lines which is coincidetally the two colours of Sporting Lisbon!

Depending on your starting location it may make sense to take either, however the green one is much more accessible from the city centre.

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 pretty much adjacent to José Alvalade Stadium, less than 10 minutes by car.

Hotels Near Estádio José Alvalade

If you’re looking for something more or less right next to the stadium you’re in luck as there’s a Radisson Blue Hotel. Otherwise you’re better of looking back towards Lisbon city centre – anywhere within a 5-10 minute walk of the two metro lines would be ideal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Estádio José Alvalade?

Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon play their home matches at Estádio José Alvalade.

What is the capacity of Estádio José Alvalade?

As of 2024 Estádio José Alvalade has an official seating capacity of 50,095 for Football matches.

When was Estádio José Alvalade opened?

Estádio José Alvalade officially opened in 2003 and is home to Sporting Lisbon

What is the postcode for Estádio José Alvalade?

The postcode for Estádio José Alvalade is 1501-806.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Estádio José Alvalade in 2024. Please visit the official website of Sporting Lisbon for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.