Vicente Calderón Stadium

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Vicente Calderón
Vista del estadio Vicente Calderón y la M-30.jpg
Full name Estadio Vicente Calderón
Former names Estadio Manzanares
Location Arganzuela, Madrid, Spain
Coordinates 40°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
Capacity 54,907[1]
Field size 105 m × 70 m (115 yd × 77 yd)
Broke ground 3 August 1959
Opened 2 October 1966
Renovated 1972, 1982
Closed 2017 (To Close)
Demolished 2018 (To Be Demolished)
Architect Javier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Atlético Madrid

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 longterm President Vicente Calderón.[2]


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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The ground opened in 1966, and was named the Estadio del Manzanares until 1972.[3]

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[edit]

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.[citation needed]


The Estadio Vicente Calderón is located on the banks of the Manzanares.[4]

In addition, the stadium can be accessed via the Madrid Metro. The closest stations are: Pirámides Station and Marqués de Vadillo Station, both of which are on Line 5 of the Madrid Metro.[5]

Copa del Rey finals[edit]

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.

International matches[edit]

Spain national team matches[edit]

Vicente Calderón hosted eleven international matches of the Spanish national team.

Data Opponent Score Competition
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[edit]

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
17:15 CEST
Austria  0–1  France
Report Genghini Goal 39'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 37,000
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)

1 July 1982
17:15 CEST
Austria  2–2  Northern Ireland
Pezzey Goal 50'
Hintermaier Goal 68'
Report Hamilton Goal 27'75'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)

4 July 1982
17:15 CEST
France  4–1  Northern Ireland
Giresse Goal 33'80'
Rocheteau Goal 46'68'
Report Armstrong Goal 75'
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Attendance: 37,000
Referee: Alojzy Jarguz (Poland)
Panoramic view of the stadium


  1. ^ "Vicente Calderón". 
  2. ^ "Vicente Calderón Stadium". AtléticodeMadrid. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". Time Out. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
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