Estadio Vicente Calderón – until 2017
|Clubs||Club Atlético de Madrid|
|Other names||Estadio Manzanares (1966-1971)|
|Inauguration||02.10.1966 (Atlético - Valencia, 1-1)|
|Cost||450m ESP (1981)|
|Design||Javier Barroso, Miguel Ángel García-Lomas|
|Address||Paseo Virgen del Puerto 67, 28005 Madrid|
Estadio Vicente Calderón – historical stadium description
In March 1961 Atletico’s president bought a plot for the new stadium near the bank of Manzanares river – thus the early name Estadio Manzanares. Construction works started soon after acquiring land, but lasted for long 5 years. And after another 5 years first remodelling took place, along with name change to final one, honouring club president Vicente Calderón.
Though name has changed, another thing hasn’t – when opened the stadium was Europe’s first to have only seats. Back in 1966 it could hold up to 62,000 people which later decreased due to larger VIP/media/corporate spaces to just below 55,000. As said, first remodelling took place in 1971 and second one came a decade later, ahead of the 1982 World Cup.
During that tournament the stadium hosted three games of Group 4. Those internationals were among many prestigious games played here, to name just Spain national side’s fixtures, Copa del Rey finals or, of course, the Madrid derby.
An interesting fact – M30 highway runs under the main grandstand (the only one covered to date).
In 2011 Atletico started construction of a new venue on the opposite side of Madrid. Vicente Calderón is set to be sold to help finance that project.
Madrid: Final piece of Vicente Calderón falls
Yesterday in the Spanish capital a handful of Atleti fans watched as the final piece of Estadio Vicente Calderón gave way to heavy machinery. The stadium is no more, even if work will take more time.
Madrid: So ends the legend of Calderón
Though severely wounded, it's still standing strong today. But come September, the last grandstand will begin disappearing. Even supporters, whose ashes were burried beneath the stadium, have now moved to the Metropolitano.
Madrid: Seats disappearing from Calderón
On Monday the removal of seats from Estadio Vicente Calderón began. They will now be distributed among supporters of Atletico as the old stadium awaits demolition.
Madrid: Atletico almost ready for historic relocation
There are only finishing touches left as the illumination is tested, floodlights being calibrated and grass getting stronger on the field. On September 16 the 6-year long reconstruction comes to a grand finale!
Madrid: New stadium to be paid off in 7 seasons?
When Atletico began reconstruction, their budget was €122 million. Now it's almost three times higher and increased revenue should help amortise investment cost in 6-7 seasons.
Madrid: Fans group challenges Wanda Metropolitano's legality
Though Atletico hope to move into their new stadium early into the next La Liga stadium, not all their fans share the dream. One of the fans' associations filed legal challenge concerning the stadium to Madrid's Supreme Tribunal of Justice.
Madrid: Gradual goodbye for good old Calderón
Yesterday saw the last official game of Atletico at their home for over half a century. Only two more fixtures left in the stadium's history...
Madrid: New Atletico stadium with season ticket record
Already 48,500 people orders for season tickets have been filed by Atletico Madrid supporters as the club is preparing to relocate to Wanda Metropolitano. That’s a new high for the club.
Madrid: Atletico buy stadium land from council for €30 million
Atletico Madrid will pay €30.5 million, plus undertake building work worth another €30m, as well as creating 4,000 parking spaces for public use. A Sport report.
Madrid: Atletico reveal naming right partner
Chinese group Wanda is the first naming rights holder for Estadio la Peineta. During its first years the building will be known as Wanda Metropolitano.
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New list: These 20 clubs draw biggest crowds
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Madrid: The crown for Atleti stadium is coming
The steel compression ring is arriving from Galicia, while swaths of membrane will follow from China. Here’s the immense roof of Atletico de Madrid stadium explained!
Madrid: No towers to replace Calderón
Madrid authorities gave their final red light to two office towers planned in the place of Estadio Vicente Calderón. Atletico’s home stadium will still be torn down, but what will replace it?
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
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Madrid: Atletico’s current stadium to stay?
The Madrid Supreme Court halted the residential scheme planned in the place of current Estadio Vicente Calderón. But Atletico Madrid assure their relocation isn’t threatened.
Madrid: Atletico’s stadium hit by further delays
Was due to open in 2014, 2015, then 2016. Now the delivery date has been postponed until mid-2017. Estadio La Peineta still has some question marks over financing model.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
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Finances: Matchday revenue top 20
It may be a global report, but only European clubs from six countries were able to reach the top 20 list of richest football teams. Each of them earns well over €100 million per year with a fifth of that revenue coming from stadium matchday use.