The stadium was featured in a Travel and Living Channel’s "World Café" (a culinary-themed show). A traditional Portuguese sweet dish was cooked in the middle of the field.
It was acclaimed as a 5-star stadium by the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) and used the stadium for conducting their major final matches.
The Estádio José Alvalade is a well-formed football stadium, located in Lisbon, Portugal. The construction work commenced in 2003, and an estimated amount of €105 million was spent on it. The chief architect who designed the stadium was Tomás Taveira. It has been the home for the Sporting Clube de Portugal since 2003 which is one of the "Big Three" clubs in Portugal. The stadium has 1,315 underground parking spaces along with 30 spots for disabled spectators (as of 2017). It has been acoustically engineered to be suitable for hosting major concerts, being the center of a complex called Alvalade XXI that houses a museum for the club, a movie theater and a sports pavilion.
The first match hosted by the stadium was a football match, played between Sporting CP and Manchester United on 6th August 2003. Sporting CP defeated Manchester United by 3-1.
The Estádio José Alvalade played host to three Group Stage matches along with quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2004 UEFA Euro.
The stadium witnessed the 2005 UEFA Cup final match. It was held between Sporting CP and CSKA Moscow on 18th May 2005.
It also hosted the 2006 World Cup Qualification match (13th October 2004), two UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers (24th March and 12th September 2007), a 2010 World Cup qualifier match (10th September 2008) and a 2014 World Cup qualifier match (11th October 2013).