Travel Advice For Celtic Supporters
SL Benfica v Celtic FC
20 November, 2012, 2045hrs(CET)
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
February 28, 1904 (108 years ago)
The current Stadium of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, usually called by the supporters as Estadio da Luz, is the club’s 7th official Field.
The stadium was inaugurated on the 25th October 2003 after 25 months of hard work. This work was positively complemented on all the effort necessary to build the stadium in time for the Euro 2004.
The opening match was an international game between Benfica and the Uruguayan champions of CD Nacional de Montevideo. Benfica won the game 2-1.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 spectators in covered and comfortable seats, with an amazing view of the field. It also has a modern sports complex with two gyms and a swimming pool.
Stadium Name: Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Estadio da Luz)
Stadium Address: Avenida General Norton De Matos
Telephone: 00351 21 721 95 20
Ground Capacity: 65,000 covered seats
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time
Location in the City: Centre of the City, 15 mins (8 km) from
Celtic has received 4737 tickets for this fixture. Celtic supporters are located in Sector 28 – 34 in the ‘Bancada Coca Cola’.
Supporters should access the stadium near the TV compound through Gate 23 which will access the turnstiles to take them to Level 3.
Coach parking for Celtic supporters is located immediately opposite the Bancada Coca Cola.
Please do not travel to Estadio da Luz unless you have a ticket for this fixture in the area allocated to the Celtic support.
Celtic Ticket Services will manage the sale of our tickets. Please only purchase tickets from official sources.
Access to the seats is indicated on the tickets. First you will find the stand, then the level, sector, row and finally the number of your seat.
The Skidata Access System is utilised at the Estadio da Luz. The system is of the same design as installed at Celtic Park.
Supporters displaying or wearing Celtic colours within areas allocated to Benfica fans are liable to be ejected from the stadium.
Similar regulations apply at Celtic Park and Estadio da Luz.
Spectators are routinely searched prior to entering the stadium and you should ensure you leave sufficient time to see the start of the match.
At the conclusion of the match the stadium authorities may ask Celtic supporters to remain in the stadium for a short while. Announcements will be made in English if this is to happen.
In addition to local stewards, Protectevent travel stewards will be located in the Celtic support to offer any assistance required.
The use of flares pyrotechnics or fireworks within the stadium or its surroundings is a criminal offence and will liable those responsible to arrest and detention. In addition such behaviour is unsafe and leaves Celtic FC liable to disciplinary action by UEFA.
CELTIC TRAVEL STEWARDS
Celtic Football Club will take Celtic travel stewards to Lisbon to assist and facilitate our fans. The stewards are there for your assistance and will be clearly identified in numbered, high viz bibs and will carry Celtic accreditation.
Officers from Strathclyde Police will also be in attendance and will be in possession of their police warrant card identifications. Please assist our stewards and the local police and safety stewards of SL Benfica by following their directions to ensure we experience a safe and enjoyable match.
Lisbon International Airport is located less than 15 minutes away from the stadium.
Access by Car
SL Benfica’s new stadium is best reached from the Segunda Circular ring road which is within the national motorway network. Whether you are arriving from the north or from the centre, this is the recommended route.
Metro and Train
There are two suburban railway stations within a 2.5 kilometre radius of the stadium. To reach the stadium by underground, take the Blue Line and get out at Alto dos Moinhos or Colegio Militar/Luz. Both of them are very close to the stadium. Lisbon has the best infrastructure in the country with fast modern trains to Portugal’s main cities.
Colegion Militar/Luz is also served by a large number of bus lines including suburban buses from the outskirts of Lisbon and Carris buses from the city centre. There are plenty of buses from Portugal’s main cities to Lisbon.
FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE TRAVEL ADVICE
Around three million British tourists visit Portugal every year. Most visits are trouble free. The main incidents for which British nationals require consular assistance are hospitalisation, especially relating to road traffic accidents, death, mainly from natural causes and the replacement of their passport due to theft or loss. You should be alert to the risk of petty theft.
We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
British Embassy Contact details
Address: British Embassy
Rua de Sao Bernardo 33
Telephone 00351 21 392 40 00
Facsimile: 00351 21 392 41 53
Irish Embassy Contact Details
Address: Avenida da Liberdade No 200
Telephone: 00351 213 308 200
Hospital de Santa Maria (nearest to the Stadium)
Avenida Professor Egas Moniz
Tel: (00351) 21 780 50 00 (Switchboard)
(00351) 21 780 51 11 / 222 (Emergency)
Hospital Curry Cabral (between the Stadium and the Airport)
Rua da Beneficiência nº 8
Further information available from www.fco.gov.uk
ALL THIS INFORMATION IS FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR SUPPORTERS. PLEASE HAVE A GOOD TRIP AND ENJOY THE MATCH.