Vicente Calderón Stadium

The Vicente Calderón Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Vicente Calderón [esˈtaðjo βiˈθente kaldeˈɾon]) was the home stadium of Atlético Madrid from its completion in 1966 to 2017, with a seating capacity of 54,907 and located on the banks of the Manzanares, in the Arganzuela district of Madrid, Spain. The stadium was originally called the Estadio Manzanares, but this was later changed to the Vicente Calderón Stadium, in honour of their long-term President Vicente Calderón.[2] The stadium closed in 2017 after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, with Atlético Madrid moving to Metropolitano Stadium for the following season. Demolition began in 2019 and completed the following year.

Estadio Vicente Calderón
Aprobado el nuevo ámbito Mahou-Calderón (01).jpg
Full nameEstadio Vicente Calderón
Former namesEstadio Manzanares
(1966–71)
LocationArganzuela, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates40°24′6.19″N 3°43′14.18″W / 40.4017194°N 3.7206056°W / 40.4017194; -3.7206056Coordinates: 40°24′6.19″N 3°43′14.18″W / 40.4017194°N 3.7206056°W / 40.4017194; -3.7206056
Capacity54,907[1]
Field size105 m × 70 m (115 yd × 77 yd)
Construction
Broke ground3 August 1959
Opened2 October 1966
Renovated1972, 1982
Closed28 May 2017
Demolished13 February 2019–6 July 2020
ArchitectJavier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Tenants
Atlético Madrid (1966–2017)

A notable, and rather spectacular feature of the Vicente Calderón, was that the M-30 dual carriageway, running from the South Node Toledo Bridge, passed below one of the main stands.

HistoryEdit

Construction of a new stadium to replace El Metropolitano originally began in 1959, but came to a halt following financial problems. The ground eventually opened in 1966 as the Estadio del Manzanares, being renamed Vicente Calderón in 1972.[3]

Departure of AtléticoEdit

The final match at the stadium was on 28 May 2017, between a past and present Atlético side and a world XI.[4]

On September 23rd, 1992, Super Megastar Michael Jackson held a sold-out concert as part of his Dangerous World Tour to 54,907 people. During his stay in Madrid, he visited numerous hospitals where sick children were kept who needed treatment and help for diseases and other conditions that were discovered during birth. Bruce Springsteen played at the Vicente Calderon in front of 62 000 people August 2 1988.

LocationEdit

The Estadio Vicente Calderón was located on the banks of the Manzanares river. The closest metro station to the grounds was Pirámides, located on Line 5.[5]

Copa del Rey finalsEdit

The stadium hosted the final of the Copa del Rey (also previously known as the Copa del Generalísimo) on 14 occasions:
1973 * 1974 * 1975 * 1977 * 1979 * 1981 * 1986 * 1989 * 1994 * 2005 * 2008 * 2012 * 2016 * 2017.

1982 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium hosted three games in the 1982 FIFA World Cup:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
28 June 1982 [6]   Austria 0–1   France Group D (Second Round)
1 July 1982[7]   Austria 2–2   Northern Ireland
4 July 1982[8]   Northern Ireland 1–4   France
Panoramic view of the stadium

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vicente Calderón". Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Vicente Calderón Stadium". AtléticodeMadrid. Archived from the original on 3 November 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "El tortuoso traslado del Atlético al Manzanares" [The tortuous transfer of Atlético to Manzanares]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 October 2016. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  4. ^ Patricia Cazón (28 May 2017). "Atlético Madrid say final farewell to the Calderón". AS. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". The Stadium Guide. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Austria-France". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Austria-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  8. ^ "France-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup - Spain. FIFA. Archived from the original on 27 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.

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