TRIP Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as Estadio da Luz, is a football stadium located in Lisbon, home ground of Portuguese football team Benfica. The stadium has a seating capacity of 64,642 making it the largest stadium in Portugal.
TAP The stadium opened in 2003 to replace the original Estadio da Luz, the colossal 120,000 capacity home of Benfica. A year after opening the stadium would become the centrepiece of the Euro 2004 football championship hosting a number of matches as well as the tournament’s final match. Estadio da Luz regularly hosts important European club football matches, including all of Benfica’s Champion’s League and Europa League matches, as well as the 2014 Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Watching a match at the Estadio da Luz offers visitors an excellent match day experience. The area surrounding the stadium boasts an impressive variety of amenities available to visitors that arrive early. An expansive team store, club museum, youth football academy and a plethora of food and drink outlets make arriving early to the Estadio da Luz a key part of the match day experience. Once inside the stadium visitors are treated to one of the best designed stadiums in Europe; continually voted by fans as one of the best, with its design having gone on to influence the construction of other stadiums, such as the Emirates Stadium in London. A unique part of watching a match at the Estadio da Luz is definitely the pre-match eagle show, where club mascot Vitoria (a bald eagle) circles the stadium before landing on the club’s crest in the centre of the field.
GO Tickets for Benfica matches at Estadio da Luz usually go on sale about two weeks before match days and can be purchased directly through the club’s official website. Estadio da Luz is easily accessible via the Lisbon Metro train network (Colegio Militar/Luz station). Visit Lisbon Metro’s official website for route maps, fares and other useful information.