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Estádio José Alvalade was a multi-purpose stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. The stadium was able to hold 52,411 people. It was inaugurated on 10 June 1956.

Estádio José Alvalade
Antigo Estádio José Alvalade.jpg
Full nameEstádio José Alvalade
LocationLisbon, Portugal
OwnerSporting Clube de Portugal
Capacity~ 60,000 [1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1956
Opened10 June 1956
Closed2003
Demolished2003
Tenants
Sporting Clube de Portugal

Home venue of Sporting CP for 47 years, it was mostly used for football matches, but also athletics. It was named after Sporting founder José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette, known as José Alvalade after his family. José Alvalade borrowed money from his grandfather, the Viscount of Alvalade, in order to fund Sporting.

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

ConcertsEdit

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

Tina Turner performed on September 29, 1990 and September 22, 1996. Michael Jackson performed on September 26, 1992, to a sold-out crowd of 55 000 people. Also, Guns N' Roses performed on July 2, 1992, again, to a sold-out concert. Both are important to notice since they are the only artists to have sold out the stadium in its maximum capacity on a music event.

Portugal national football teamEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.sporting.pt/Clube/Historia/historia_estadios.asp
  2. ^ Portugal was 5-1 up at 68 minutes, but then one of the Angola players was injured. All the team's 7 substitutions have been used by then and 4 Angola's players had already been sent-off. Hence the game was abandoned at that time with the said scoreline, due to Angola not being allowed to play with 6 players on the field.

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