The Estadio da Luz, or Stadium of Light, is a multipurpose stadium best known for being the home of Portugal’s leading football team, Sport Lisboa Benfica. It has seating capacity for over 65,000 people and features a retractable roof. The stadium has facilities for hockey, volleyball, and basketball as well as swimming pools and health clubs.
The Estadio da Luz was built on top of the old Cathedral stadium and was completed in time to host the 2004 European Championship. On non-event days, the guided tours are available for guests to visit generally off-limits areas such as the dressing room, tunnels, and the pitch. Visitors can also opt for a more in-depth experience and visit book a private tour of the stadium and the adjacent Benfica Museum to learn more about their histories.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Stadium of Light is a must visit for soccer fans and sports lovers.
- Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the ground floor.
- The stadium is also home to a slew of bars and two panoramic restaurants.
How to Get There
The stadium is located at Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira in Lisbon’s Benfica neighborhood and is easily accessible by public transport. Visitors can take the Azul line to the Colegio Militar/Luz line, directly in front of the complex, as well as city bus 750 to the Estadio da Luz stop.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the stadium is during non-match days when you can visit the grounds without any crowds. For those who would like to see a game and experience the electrifying energy of this Portuguese tradition, plan to visit during the soccer season from September to June when there is generally a home game every 10 days.
The Benfica Cosme Damiao Museum
The interactive museum adjacent to the stadium is named after a soccer legend who established the Portuguese football league in the 1920s. The 3-floor museum features over 1,000 trophies, and offers visitors a chance to discover the rich history of soccer in Portugal as they explore exhibits and enjoy a movie about the club’s history.