Vicente Calderón Stadium

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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 (ongoing)
ArchitectJavier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Tenants
Atlético Madrid (1966–2017)

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 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]

History[edit]

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 Atlético[edit]

On 30 July 2007, Atlético Madrid, Mahou brewery and Ayuntamiento de Madrid signed an agreement that Atlético would move within three years to the Wanda Metropolitano. The Vicente Calderón Stadium was 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.[4] Demolition works started in July 2019.

Location[edit]

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.[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.

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

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


Panoramic view of the stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vicente Calderón".
  2. ^ "Vicente Calderón Stadium". AtléticodeMadrid. 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. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  4. ^ Lowe, Sid (18 September 2017). "A stadium called Wanda: opening night at Atlético Madrid's new home". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Estadio Vicente Calderón". The Stadium Guide. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Austria-France". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA.
  7. ^ "Austria-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain. FIFA.
  8. ^ "France-Northern Ireland". 1982 FIFA World Cup - Spain. FIFA.

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