Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid

Key facts

Club: Club Atlético de Madrid | Capacity: 70,000 | Scheduled opening: n/a | Status: under construction

Description

Nuevo Estadio Atlético de Madrid is the currently under construction new stadium of Atletico Madrid and as such will replace their current Estadio Vicente Calderón, which lacks the possibilities for expansion and modernisation being enclosed by a river and a motorway on one side and residential buildings on the other.

Concrete plans for the stadium were presented in late 2011, then still in combination with a Madrid bid for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics. While the stadium was designed as a football-specific stadium with the stands close to the pitch, plans allowed for the temporary construction of an athletics tracks on top of the lower tier.

The stadium is getting built on the site of the current Estadio La Peineta, an athletics stadium with one large concrete stand. Parts of that stand have been incorporated in the design of the new stadium, while the rest will be demolished. The costs of the project are estimated to be €200 million, which will be financed by the development of the land on which the Vicente Calderón currently stands. Atlético Madrid will become the sole owner of the stadium.

Estadio La Peineta is located in the east of the city of Madrid, just over 8 kilometres from Madrid’s city centre and not far from Barajas International Airport. It lies almost adjacent to the M-40 motorway and already has two metro stations in its vicinity.

Initial works started quickly after the club announced its plans in 2011, but have progressed slowly since. In the middle of 2014, most foundation works had been completed and a start had been made with the construction of the lower tier. The club had set an estimated completion date for 2015, but are unlikely to make that deadline.