Lisbon’s Stadium of the Light is a multi-sports complex with facilities for hockey, volleyball and basketball as well as swimming pools and health clubs. It’s best known, however, for being home base of one of Portugal’s leading football teams, Sport Lisboa Benfica.
The Estádio da Luz was opened in 2004 for the European Championships and seats 65,647 in its covered stands, which can be retracted. It was designed in reinforced concrete and consists of three tiers of seating, all decked out in Benfica’s team colors of white and red. Within the complex there are several restaurants, a shopping mall and an award-wining museum, the Museu Benfica Cosme Damião, named after a soccer hero who established the Portuguese football league in the 1920s. Among the interactive displays on the three floors of this award-winning, family-friendly collection are more than 1,000 trophies awarded to Benfica and a movie showcasing the club’s history.
Football is a national obsession in Portugal and emotions run high on match days. Benfica are one of the three top teams in the country and play in the Primeira Liga (the top division) where they have been champions more than 30 times. They are currently riding high under manager Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus, a former soccer player himself who in the 2013-14 season led his team to record-breaking victories in four major national and European competitions.
Located at Avenida General Norton de Matos. tickets for matches at the Benfica Megastore at the stadium, open daily from 10am–11pm. The museum is open daily from 10am–7pm, and admission costs adults €10, seniors €6 and children under 17 €4.Take the metro to Alto dos Moinhos or Colégio Militar. There is underground parking at the stadium.