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The Vicente Calderón Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Vicente Calderón [esˈtaðjo βiˈθente kaldeˈɾon]) was the home stadium of Atlético Madrid since its completion in 1966 to 2017, with a current 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]

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
Closed2017
Demolished2019 (To Be Demolished)
ArchitectJavier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Tenants
Atlético Madrid (1966–2017)

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HistoryEdit

 
North external view of the stadium.
 
South external view of the stadium.
 
Northwest internal view of the stadium.
 
South end stand view of the stadium.

To finance the new stadium, Atlético Madrid had to make a debt issue in 1958 in the form of mortgage bonds that were underwritten mostly by club shareholders and members.[3] On 17 March 1961, Javier Barroso bought land for the construction of a new stadium, to replace the Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid. In the same year, work began on the new stadium.[3] The ground opened in 1966, and was named the Estadio del Manzanares until 1972.[4]

Departure of AtléticoEdit

On 30 July 2007, Atlético Madrid, Mahou brewery and Ayuntamiento de Madrid signed an agreement to reclassify the land that is currently occupied by the Vicente Calderón stadium and the Mahou brewery, agreeing that Atlético would move within three years to the Estadio Olímpico de Madrid, better known as Estadio La Peineta (officially Wanda Metropolitano), which was to be renovated in preparation for Atlético's tenancy. After reconstruction, it would hold 68,000 spectators and features fully covered stands. The Vicente Calderón Stadium is soon to be demolished, and a park will be built in its place, which is to be named the 'Park Atlético Madrid'. Atlético moved out after the 2016–17 season.[5]

LocationEdit

The Estadio Vicente Calderón is located on the banks of the Manzanares river. The closest metro station to the grounds is Pirámides, located on Line 5.[6]

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 [7]   Austria 0–1   France Group 4 (Second Round)
1 July 1982[8]   Austria 2–2   Northern Ireland Group 4 (Second Round)
4 July 1982[9]   Northern Ireland 1–4   France Group 4 (Second Round)


Panoramic view of the stadium

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vicente Calderón".
  2. ^ "Vicente Calderón Stadium". AtléticodeMadrid. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "El tortuoso traslado del Atlético al Manzanares" [The tortuous transfer of Atlético to Manzanares]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 October 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ Lowe, Sid (18 September 2017). "A stadium called Wanda: opening night at Atlético Madrid's new home". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Austria-France". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA.
  8. ^ "Austria-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA.
  9. ^ "France-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup - Spain. FIFA.

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