Estádio José Alvalade
is a football
stadium in Lisbon
, home of Sporting Clube de Portugal
, one of the country's biggest clubs. It is the center of a complex called Alvalade XXI
(which includes a mall called Alvaláxia with a 12-screen movie theater, a health club, the club's museum, a sports pavilion, a clinic, and an office building), designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira
. It was classified by UEFA
as a 5-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. This stadium – originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time – has a capacity of 50,049 and was acoustically engineered as a venue for major concerts.Depeche Mode played the concert of their Devotional Tour, at the sold-out Alvalade Stadium in front of 50,000 people. The stadium has also a total of 1,315 underground parking spaces, including 30 for disabled spectators. Its official opening was on 6 August 2003 when Sporting played and beat Manchester United
3–1. It also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final
between Sporting and CSKA Moscow
, which CSKA Moscow won 3–1. On the exterior, the stadium features multi-colored tiles. Seats are arranged in a random-looking color mix to give an illusion that the stadium is always at capacity.
The stadium hosted five matches of UEFA Euro 2004
, one of them being the semi-final between Portugal
and the Netherlands
, which Portugal won 2–1. This match won the title of Best Organized in the whole competition.
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