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Estádio José Alvalade (1956)

Estádio José Alvalade
Full name Estádio José Alvalade
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Built 1956
Opened 10 June 1956
Closed 2003
Demolished 2003
Owner Sporting Clube de Portugal
Surface Grass
Capacity ~ 60,000 [1]
Sporting Clube de Portugal

Estádio José Alvalade was a multi-purpose stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. The stadium was able to hold 52,411 people and opened in 1956.

It was used mostly for football matches, but also athletics and hosted the home matches of Sporting Clube de Portugal. It was named after Sporting founder José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette, known as José Alvalade after his family, the Holtremans, who were Viscounts of Alvalade and provided the land for the stadium to be built on.

During the 1990s, it was also one of the most prominent venue for rock concerts in Portugal, hosting tour dates of many high-profile international artists, including Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M., David Bowie and many others. This era was inaugurated in 29th June 1989 with a concert by The Cure, during their Prayer Tour promoting the album Disintegration.

It was closed in 2003, when the new Estádio José Alvalade opened.

Portugal national football team

The national team first played in the stadium in 1957 and had its last game in 2002.


Template:Sporting CP Coordinates: 38°45′46″N 9°09′31″W / 38.7628177°N 9.1586173°W / 38.7628177; -9.1586173

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