Portuguese football club Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) has updated its esports facility at the club’s stadium, Estádio José Alvalade.
The facility, called the NOS eStadium, was refreshed with the help of the club’s sponsor NOS and features equipment by HP Omen and PlayStation. The new area has also undergone some quality-of-life improvements for players and visitors.
Sporting Lisbon is one of the most popular sporting clubs in Portugal, alongside the likes of Porto and Benfica. Based in Lisboa, the club is most known for its football division but competes in more than 40 sports, including esports. The club was the first Portuguese sports club to enter esports back in 2016.
The club’s esports facility is interestingly located at the stadium itself and overlooks the pitch. During Sporting games, the esports facilities are open to ticket holders and serve as meeting points and a place to watch the games. At other times, Sporting’s esports players use the facilities for competition and practice. The club currently has a roster in Rocket League, with plans to expand into more sports games in the near future.
The newly-refreshed facilities feature new technology provided by NOS, one of Portugal’s largest telecommunications companies, and other partners. This includes a dedicated high-speed 5G internet server, as well as PlayStation consoles and HP OMEN peripherals.
Daniel Beato, Executive Board Member at NOS Portugal, commented on the announcement via a translated release: “The support for the Sporting CP Esports team deepens the existing technological partnership and positions NOS in an area of accelerated expansion, nationally and internationally.
“At this moment, the team already has a state-of-the-art technological structure at its disposal and the NOS box at the José Alvalade Stadium has been renovated to become the team’s training centre and competition arena.”