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Benfica and Estádio da Luz
Portugueses are enthusiastic about football. When there is a great game, everybody is watching, wheter in the stadium or in front of the TVs, which will be observed in all cafes.
So visiting the stadium is a good idea to make something typical and to meet real Portuguese. Besides the great clubs play really good football, so you will not regret the entrance fee.
The most famous Lisbon football club is Benfica ( actually Sport Lisboa e Benfica), their home stadium (Estádio da Luz) has 66.000 seaters and is a modern football arena, rebuild for the European championship 2004, but architecturally oriented on the old Luz.
You will surely get goose gimples when the supporters cheer "Benfica, Benfica, Benfica" and when their mascot - a living eagle - glides from the stadium roof to settle at his entitled place on the club's logo.
Tickets are easy to get, you'll get them in advanced sale in front of the stadium or at APEQ-Tickets at Praca Restauradores (the latter one are slightly overpriced). At matchdays there will be huge queues in front of the stadium, if you evade the long waiting, you can buy tickets from black market sellers in front of the stadium. You can trust them, but consequentially they claim overrated prices.
Additionally the tickets are sold via the internet from the official homepage.
The stands are named after Benfica's main sponsors, the main stand is bancada PT, the fanclub "No Name Boys" supports from bancada Sagres, the "Diabolos verhelmos" from bancada Coca Cola. Both fanclub prefers the corner areas of the stands behind the goals.
Equipment: If you want to buy any supporter's equipment take a look at the various boothes in front of the stadium. They are not expensive and offer great diversity.
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We went to EURO 2004 in Lisbon for 4 days in June. We went to 2 football (soccer) stadiums in Lisbon, Alvalarde and Luz. We had a great time hanging out down town and partying in the streets. We stayed at the Hotel Travel Park which I would highly recommend (although its a little pricey)
Luz Stadium (Stadium of Light)
The Luz Stadium (Stadium of Light) is home of Benfica and is the largest of the 7 stadia used during Euro 2004. It has a capacity of 65,000 and creates a wonderful atmosphere when full (especially if 40,000 are from England).
Estadio Da Luz - A Fitting Setting.
Whilst visiting Lisbon I could'nt resist going and having a peek at the re-built Stadium of Light, home of Benfica and host of the Euro 2004 Championship Final.
The paint looked barely to be be dry on this stunning venue, infact workmen were busy still putting the finishing touches to it.
I thought that there would possibly be a Stadium tour or some commercial venture but was disapointed to find out that there was not. Really wanted to get a look inside the stadium though so tried to speak nicely to a security guard, he directed us to a resturant at 'Gate 11' which overlooks the pitch.
Managed to go into the resturant, take a few snaps and have a look whilst dodging inbetween bewildered diners, haha, you gotta do it.
I like Stadiums, they are places of worship, and this one ticks all the boxes. Would love to sample the atmosphere of a big match here, but Scotland got stuffed from Holland in the Euro 2004 play-off so that scuppered my chances, oh well.
Equipment: Just your camera required for this one.
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Estádio José Alvalade
Estádio José Alvalade is the home of Sporting Clube de Portugal.
A really nice all seater stadium with a capacity of 50,466
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