Estadio La Peineta

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Estadio Olímpico de Madrid
La Peineta ("The Comb")
La Peineta (agosto 2016) (cropped).JPG
Full name Estadio de la Comunidad
Location Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°26′10″N 3°35′58″W / 40.43611°N 3.59944°W / 40.43611; -3.59944Coordinates: 40°26′10″N 3°35′58″W / 40.43611°N 3.59944°W / 40.43611; -3.59944
Owner Atlético de Madrid (2017–present)
Operator Atlético de Madrid
Capacity 20,000 (at closure)
68,000 (after expansion)[1]
Field size 105 × 68 metres
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1990
Built 1990–93
Opened 6 September 1994
Renovated 2017
Expanded 2011–2017 (planned)
Closed 2004
Construction cost 45 million (1994)
240 million (2017)[1]
Architect Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos
Atlético de Madrid (2017–)

Estadio La Peineta, officially known as Estadio de la Comunidad de Madrid and since its re-opening 2017 Wanda Metropolitano for sponsorship reasons, is a stadium in Madrid, Spain. It was opened on 6 September 1994 by the Community of Madrid. The stadium had a capacity of 20,000 spectators upon its closure and will re-open with a capacity for 68,000.[1]

It was designated as the Estadio de la Comunidad, and later as the Estadio Olímpico de Madrid.


During the early 1990s, the Sports Council of the Community of Madrid promoted the city's bid to host the World Athletics Championships in 1997, for which preparations began for an Olympic stadium at the east of Madrid, next to the M-40 Motorway. The site, located at the eastern suburbs of Madrid, was expected to be heavily urbanized.

The construction of the new stadium was launched in 1990 based on a design proposed by Cruz y Ortiz. The construction was completed in 1993, while the inauguration took place in September 1994. The single side tier oval shaped stadium with a capacity 20,000 seats, became popular as La Peineta meaning the comb, because of its similarity with the traditional hair comb.

The 1997 World Championships in Athletics were finally awarded to Athens, while La Peineta was used for minor sports and cultural events during the decade of its existence. It became an abandoned stadium in 2004.

Notable events[edit]

28 August 1996
22:00 CET
Atlético Madrid 3–1 Barcelona
Sergi Goal 32' (o.g.)
Esnáider Goal 65'
Pantić Goal 76'
Report Stoichkov Goal 58'
Estadio Olímpico de Madrid, Madrid
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ansuátegui Roca

New stadium[edit]

In 2004, the stadium was closed for a future project upon the Madrid bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Following the defeat of Madrid's bid in 2009, many proposals were made for the future use of the stadium. Finally, on September 11, 2013, Atlético Madrid announced that the club will build its future stadium on the location of La Peineta. Thus ownership was officially transferred to the club.[4] The new stadium will replace Vicente Calderón Stadium as Atletico's home beginning with the 2017–18 season.[5] On December 9, 2016, the club announced that the renovated stadium's official name will be Wanda Metropolitano[6] - Wanda for sponsorship reasons and Metropolitano due to the name of the historical stadium which hosted Atlético's matches before Vicente Calderón.[7]

After its completion, the stadium will be able to accommodate 68,000 spectators, with all spectator seats covered by a new roof[1] including 79 VIP suites known as Neptuno Premium.[8]

4,000 car parking spaces will be available; 1,000 inside the stadium building and 3,000 outside the building.[9]

Inaugural season[edit]

The stadium is set to be used by Atlético Madrid starting from the 2017–18 season. As of March 1, 2017, around 45,000 season tickets are already reserved by the club fans.[10]

Proposed events[edit]

As of April 1, 2017, Wanda Metropolitano is one of two stadiums entered the bid to host the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the other being the Baku National Stadium.[11] While new proposals are still possible until June 5, 2017, the host city will be finally selected by the UEFA in September 2017.

Spanish newspapers announced that Atlético Madrid offered Wanda Metropolitano as a permanent venue for the Copa del Rey final matches.[12]


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