Sporting Lisbon stadium tour, Estadio Jose Alvalade
The Sporting Lisbon stadium is known in Portuguese as the Jose Alvadade stadium. Reasons to take a Sporting Lisbon stadium tour are;
- You’re a huge Sporting Lisbon fan
- Cristiano Ronaldo played here before he was famous
- It’s a 5 star stadium
- You’ve already visited Estadio da Luz
Stadium tours are only available at limited times so you need to plan your visit with a tour time. There is only one type of tour available which is a stadium and museum tour. The tour is presented first in Portuguese, then in English.
The Jose Alvadade stadium is conveniently located next to the metro station, Campo Grande. I traveled by metro from the 1908 Lisboa hotel direct from Intendente station. The metro journey from historic Lisbon takes about 15 minutes. You buy your tickets close to the museum entrance (above) not from the club shop. For those visiting as a family, there is a good value family ticket available. The club shop is at the other side of the stadium.
You’ll get to see the stadium from 2 different vantage points. You will see it from pitch side by the dugouts. I found the best vantage point was from the presidential seats which makes sense! The stadium is famous for its multicolored seats. It’s a 5 star stadium and has hosted some important matches. Famous matches played here include the semi final of Euro 2004 and the final of the 2005 UEFA Cup. Portugal were represented in both of these fixtures. In the Euro 2004 semi final Portugal beat The Netherlands 2-1. Sporting Lisbon made it to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2005 but lost in their home stadium to CSKA Moscow 3-1. The stadium capacity is just over 50,000.
The presidents suite has a lion in it. This is because the nickname of Sporting Lisbon is ‘The Lions’. On the club emblem there is a lion. You are welcome to take selfies and Instagram shots with the lion, it does not bite. Once you have safely passed the lion you may sit in the presidents seat which has the best vantage point of the stadium.
Away team dressing room
The away team dressing room is basic but decent enough for the away team. There are basic facilities and lockers. It says on the wall ‘A vencer desde 1906’. This translates to ‘winning since 1906’. The away team will always be aware they are playing in the home of Sporting Lisbon.
Home team dressing room
You cannot enter the Sporting Lisbon dressing room. Like their neighbors Benfica at the Estadio da Luz, the home team dressing rooms remain a mystery. What could it be like to give them such a psychological advantage?
The Sporting Lisbon press room is huge. This will be full for press conferences about the Champions or Europa League. You may go sit where the manager sits during the team press conferences. This area is perfect for taking your Instagram or Facebook photos.
The most famous moment in Sporting Lisbon history was when they won the old version of the Europa League. In 1964 they beat Manchester United 5-0 on there way to winning the trophy. They beat Budapest in the final after a replay. Two notable Portuguese legends who have played for Sporting Lisbon are Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo. You’ll learn all about historic players and matches in the museum.
Sporting Lisbon has a very impressive trophy cabinet. Not only will you see football trophies but you also see trophies from other sports. Sporting Lisbon are represented in other sports. Other sports they play are combat sports, futsal, handball, archery and triathlon. You can take quite a nice reflection shot of the Sporting Lisbon trophy cabinet.
If you feel the need to buy some Sporting Lisbon merchandise you may check out the club shop. There is a huge Cristiano Ronaldo picture you can take your photo with in there too. He is looking a lot younger in this poster as it was taken during his days at Sporting Lisbon.
Enjoy your Jose Alvadade stadium tour
Make sure you ask the guide all the questions you have about the club and stadium. The guide will happily take your photo anywhere you like. Good places for photos are with the lion, in the press room and of course from the stadium.
If you are lucky, Sporting Lisbon will be playing when you’re in Lisbon. Check the fixture list for details.