28/05/2008

#149 - "The Cathedral"

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"The Estádio da Luz (pron. IPA: [ɨʃ.'ta.di.u dɐ luʃ]), officially named the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica and commonly mistranslated as Stadium of Light, is a football stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, the home of SL Benfica. It is also called A Catedral ("The Cathedral") by Benfica's supporters.
Luz is actually the area of Lisbon in which the Estádio da Luz stands and the word 'luz' happens to also mean 'light'. As the people of Lisbon often referred to the original stadium, demolished beginning in 2002, as simply the light, the common English name for the stadium became the stadium of light. The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England may well have been inspired by this Lisbon example, though it has other well established reasons for bearing the name.
It hosted several matches in the 2004 European Football Championship, including the final. The previous Benfica stadium (also called "Estádio da Luz" and one of the largest stadiums in the world with 120,000 seats) was demolished and the new one was built for the tournament with an official capacity of 65,647. The architect, Damon Lavelle, designed the stadium to use as much natural light as possible. It is classified by UEFA as a 5 star stadium, allowing it to host major European cup finals. The original Estádio da Luz, opened in 1954, hosted the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup final before a crowd of well under 120,000, its absolute capacity in those years. Before that final it also hosted the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship final held in Portugal with an impressive attendance of 130,000. The original stadium replaced Estadio do Campo Grande."[*]

9 comments:

George Townboy said...

This is where football fans worship!! I love it ... not that I'm a soccer fan, but your post is great and informative. I'm surprised it can only hold 66k when they've had attendance in the past of 130k!!

Uma por Dia said...

Because they did the same with SEVERAL stadiums just because they are rich. They dont needed so many seats anynore because peaople dont have money to buy tickets. But almost everyone enjoys it!

evlahos said...

interesting stadium and info

Abby said...

Red! You're sure you weren't going to wear Purple and red today to go to the "cathedral" - that is so funny! Glad you liked the Tulips.
abby

quinttarantino said...

Ora uma desfeita desta é que eu não esperava :)

Jackie said...

You had me fooled, when I saw the title but couldn't see the picture! Where's the church?! Excellent photos.

Uma por Dia said...

Thanks evlahos and abby, I dont really go to the cathedral!

Quintino: Quando eu passar pelo outro tiro a foto em tua honra, a não ser que sejas do azul.

Thanks JAckie :)

The D in D & T said...

The similarities between Lisbon and Athens are just uncanny. This stadium looks almost identical to the Olympiacos stadium at Pireaus. I'm sure the fans would love to call it the Stadium of Light too! ;)

Sailor Girl said...

SPOOOOOOOOOORTING!!!!!!!