Luz Stadium Visit – Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Luz Stadium, officially named Sport Lisboa e Benfica Stadium, is a Category 4 football stadium, and is also known by the Benfica players as “The Cathedral”.

With Portugal hosting the European Football Championship in 2004, the former Luz Stadium was demolished giving way to this new stadium and was even the stage of the final of the competition.

The former Estádio da Luz, opened on December 1, 1954, had a maximum capacity of 40,000 at the time but over the years has received several expansion works reaching a maximum capacity of approximately 120,000 people, receiving the largest attendance ever when in 1986/87 faced and defeated FC Porto 3-1, with 135,000 enterings. These numbers made Luz Stadium the largest stadium in Europe and the third-largest stadium in the world.

This new stadium, which opened on 25 October 2003 in a friendly match against the Uruguayan National team, has reduced its capacity to 65,000 seats and is now the 21st largest stadium in Europe in terms of capacity.

It was named Estádio da Luz for being in the parish of “Luz”, near the Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6555″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Visits to Estádio da Luz start at Port 18 of the stadium, from 10h00 until about 19h00, with normally 30-minute intervals.

On national game days, visits end 6 hours before the start of the game. On match days of European competitions, there are no visits to the stadium on the same day or the day after the match.

You can consult the other conditions at the end of the article, or on the official SLBenfica website.

The tour starts at the stadium’s VIP Area, and we can see models of both stadiums, the new Luz Stadium and the previous one that was demolished at EURO2004.

The accompanying guide gives you all this information about the construction and characteristics of each stadium, as well as answering questions that may arise.

Then it is time for the first glimpse of the stadium, empty of the crowds we are used to. It can be said that it is a strange feeling that we are not used to an empty and silent environment, but it is very beautiful to see.

Circling part of the stadium next to the audience seats, we take a few minutes for the usual photos before we head back inside the complex.

Inside, we now enter one of the five changing rooms the stadium has, including one for referees.

No one is allowed in the main team locker room, so the visited locker room is one of the locker rooms distributed to visiting teams. Although somewhat similar to the team’s dressing room, the main dressing room, in addition to the lockers and showers that are typical of any changing room, also has a jacuzzi, massage area and a mixed area where players’ families can be.

A curiosity that probably not everyone knows is that when Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s main team plays away from home, there is a group of Club members who move to the stadium before the team arrives so that they can decorate as best they can. , the respective resort.

This way players will feel like they are playing at Estádio da Luz, meaning everything is decorated so that they don’t have the feeling that they are in a place other than their own and can be in the most familiar environment possible.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6556″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]All the runners in this area are also completely decorated with images of players, the public, or even the eagle Victoria, which surprises us so much at the beginning of each game.

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It is impossible to be indifferent to the images we come across because each one has a story, creates an emotion, conveys a message.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6557″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6559″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]And speaking of conveying a message, follows the Press Conference Room.

With a capacity of about 100 people, it can be “expanded” to over 200 people for international games and / or others that require this space.

It’s funny to see what is usually on the other side of the TV and imagine what it will be like to be in front of an audience asking us what the game will be like, or what happened during the game.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6558″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]As you leave the room and walk through the Player Tunnel, one of the most anticipated, if not the most anticipated, moments of the visitor arrives.

After turning left in the corridor, the Tunnel of the Luz Stadium Lawn …

Admittedly, the stadium is empty, but treading on that rubber-like ground probably due to the cleats of the boots increases the anxiety and excitement of stepping on the pitch where games have been held in history. It is the stage of the players who leave crowds in euphoria … In sadness and joy, who cry but also scream.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6560″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]However, don’t get too excited because you won’t be able to step on the lawn.

It is possible to move freely, and they can even sit and take pictures in the alternate seats, but always without stepping on the green carpet and you understand why.

But once again, it is strange to see this stadium filled with silence and empty chairs, yet it is an experience that for many may be unique.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6561″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6562″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6563″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]I did not say it early on, but I recommend that visits be made in the morning. Not sure, but there is a greater likelihood of finding the eagle Victoria on the lawn training the eagle’s flight, or simply resting.

The first time I did the tour I did not find the eagle Victoria but was also very close to her. This time, not only did I find Victoria eagle on the lawn, but I also found the Glorious eagle, and another eagle that from what I realized would be much younger but couldn’t know the name.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6564″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]As you may know, the eagle Victoria makes his flight whenever there are games of Sport Lisboa and Benfica in the stadium, national or international, and every time is always something that catches our attention.

Of the white-headed eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus), it is native to North America and can reach up to 1.1 meters in length, up to 2.3 meters in wingspan, up to 6 kg in weight and can reach a speed near 160 km / h in diving.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6565″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]With the visit almost over, the only thing left is to climb the bench, take the last photographs and leave the stadium through the doors of Level 0.

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This visit usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour and can be complemented by a visit to the Benfica Cosme Damião Museum as the price is reduced, unless you are a member because prices are different there.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6566″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6567″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Main Features

  • 65,000 seats and covered
  • 156 cabins (for companies and partners)
  • 2 giant screens visible from anywhere in the stadium
  • 3 underground floors
  • 55 bars on the upper floors
  • Presidential Tribune
  • Business Center and Corporate Center
  • Exclusive Support Rooms
  • Panoramic Restaurant
  • Places for people with motor disabilities
  • Health club
  • Changing rooms

Important Events

Euro 2004
Luz Stadium was the venue for the 2004 European Football Championship final and hosted three group stage games and one quarter-final.

“Seven Wonders of the World”
On 7/07/2007 the ceremony of the New Seven Wonders of the World took place at Estádio da Luz.

Champions League Final 2014
The Estádio da Luz hosted the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League Final where Real Madrid beat Atlético Madrid 4-1.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6568″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Tabelas de Preços de Bilhetes

PRICES STADIUM MUSEUM STADIUM + MUSEUM
Adult (14 – 64 years old inclusive) 12,5 € 10 € 17,5 €
Child (3 – 13 years inclusive) 5 € 4 € 7 €
Family* 25 € 20 € 38 €
Senior (over 65 years) 7,5 € 6 € 11,5 €
PRICES STADIUM MUSEUM STADIUM + MUSEUM
With REDPASS 0 € 0 € 0 €
Without REDPASS 0 € 5 € 5 €
Underage Paying 0 € 0 € 0 €
Underage exempt 0 € 2,5 € 2,5 €
Family * (with adult partner) 17 € 15 € 27 €

Useful Information

Time of the stadium visits: Every day from 10h00 to 19h00. Guided tours every 15 minutes. Estimated duration: 45m to 1h. Closed on December 25th and January 1st. On National Competitions game days, visits end 6 hours before the start of the game. In European Competitions, there are no visits to the Stadium on the two days before, on the same day and the day after the match.

Free visit with an estimated duration from 1h to 1h30. On matchdays at SLB Stadium (except European competitions), open until match start time. Closed on 1 January, 25 December and on European competition match days played at the SLB Stadium.

Family Ticket = 2 Adults + 2 Children OR 1 Adult + 3 Children (1 Senior + 65 years may replace a child from 3 to 13 years) OR 2 Adults + 1 Child. To enjoy the Family Ticket, children must be between 3 and 13 years old.

Free admission for children under 3 years old with compulsory ticket withdrawal.

RED PASS holders may visit the Museum and Stadium once a day. RED PASS holders must also present their Membership Card to access the Stadium and Museum. The access to the Stadium and Museum by the other members will be made through the presentation and validation of their Membership Card (personal and non-transferable).

Ticket selling locations: Benfica Official Store (Stadium, Strada, and Baixa), Benfica Museum – Cosme Damião, Casas do Benfica with ticketing system and at www.slbenfica.pt.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Luz Stadium Location – Sport Lisboa e Benfica

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