Vicente Calderón Stadium
|Full name||Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|Former names||Estadio Manzanares
|Location||Arganzuela, Madrid, Spain|
|Field size||105 m × 70 m (115 yd × 77 yd)|
|Broke ground||3 August 1959|
|Opened||2 October 1966|
|Closed||2017 (To Close)|
|Demolished||2018 (To Be Demolished)|
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
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, and is located on the banks of the Manzanares, in the Arganzuela district of Madrid, Spain. The stadium was originally called the Manzanares Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Manzanares), but this was later changed to the Vicente Calderón Stadium, with a current seating capacity of 54,907.
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. 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. The ground opened in 1966, and was named the Estadio del Manzanares until 1972.
A notable, and rather spectacular feature of the Vicente Calderón, is that the M-30 dual carriageway, running from the South Node Toledo Bridge, passes below one of the main stand.
Future change of venue
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 3 years to the Estadio Olímpico de Madrid, better known as Estadio La Peineta, which is currently being renovated in preparation for Atlético's tenancy. After reconstruction, La Peineta will hold 73,000 spectators and will feature fully covered stands. After the 2016/17 season, The Vicente Calderón Stadium will be demolished, and a park will be built in its place, which is to be named the 'Park Atlético Madrid'. Atlético will then move to La Peineta the following season.
The decision to demolish the stadium was not well received by some of the Atlético fans who were against the relocation of the club, as they considered it to be a bad move if money was not being used to improve the club itself. The protests were led by the Save the Calderon Group and the Atlético Supporters Club: Asociación Señales de Humo.
Copa del Rey finals
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.
Spain national team matches
Vicente Calderón regularly hosts international matches of the Spanish national team.
|23 May 1972||Uruguay||2–0||Friendly match|
|24 April 1975||Germany||1–1||UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying|
|26 October 1977||Romania||2–0||1978 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18 February 1981||France||1–0||Friendly match|
|20 September 1995||Argentina||2–1||Friendly match|
|30 April 2003||Ecuador||4–0||Friendly match|
|7 September 2005||Serbia||1–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12 November 2005||Slovakia||5–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14 November 2009||Argentina||2–1||Friendly match|
|16 October 2012||France||1–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5 March 2014||Italy||1–0||Friendly match|
1982 FIFA World Cup
The stadium hosted the group D three matches. Group D was one of four groups of national teams competing in the second stage of the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
28 June 1982
1 July 1982
|Report||Hamilton 27', 75'|
4 July 1982
|Giresse 33', 80'
Rocheteau 46', 68'
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