Club: Club Atlético de Madrid | Opening: 1966 | Capacity: 54,960 seats
History and description
Estadio Vicente Calderón was built in the 1960s as a replacement for Atlético’s then-home Stadium Metropolitano.
Stadium Metropolitano had been the home of Atlético since 1923, but had significantly aged and rivals Real Madrid had just opened the new Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Land was bought on the southern edge of the city on the banks of the river Manzaneras, and while this land was technically closer to Madrid’s centre than the Metropolitano, many fans still objected to a site that was deemed outside of the city.
Estadio Vicente Calderón officially opened on the 2nd of October 1966 with a league match between Atlético and Valencia (1-1), though construction of the main stand had not been finished yet due to funding problems.
The stadium was finally completed in 1970, and then counted with a capacity of 62,000 seats and no standing areas, which made Estadio Vicente Calderón the first large all-seater stadium in Europe.
The stadium had initially been called Estadio de Manzaneras, but its name was changed in 1971 in honour of club-president Vicente Calderón, who had overseen the construction of the stadium.
Estadio Vicente Calderón was selected as one of the playing venues of the 1982 World Cup, during which it hosted three second-round group matches.
The stadium has changed little over the years, and only received a few refurbishments that included the installation of the red-white-and-blue seats, but which also reduced capacity somewhat.
In 2011, Atlético announced plans to replace Estadio Vicente Calderón with a new stadium at the site of Estadio de la Peineta in the east of the city. Atlético has stated the ambition to move into their new home in 2015.
Estadio Vicente Calderón is located on the south-western edge of Madrid’s city centre, on the banks of the river Manzaneras and along the M-30 motorway which runs underneath the main stand.
The stadium is an approximate 30 minutes walk from Plaza Mayor, and even less from Madrid’s Palacio Real, from where it is an almost straight walk south.
The closest metro station is Pirámides, from where it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Pirámides lies on metro line 5, which crosses right through Madrid’s centre (e.g. stops Ópera, Callao, and Gran Via). Metro station Marques de Vadillo, also on line 5, but on the other side of the river, lies a 15-minute walk away from the stadium.
Pirámides station is also served by Cercanía commuter trains. Line C-7 and C-10 connect the stadium with, among others, train stations Atocha and Chamartín.
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Eat, drink, and sleep
Estadio Vicente Calderón is located in a rather quiet urban neighbourhood, though not far away from the southern edge of Madrid’s city centre. There are a few bars and restaurants around, but it might be easier to eat or drink in the centre and then walk or take a metro to the stadium.
If you wish to stay as close as possible to Estadio Vicente Calderón, then Hotel NH Ribera de Manzanares will be your pick. It lies almost adjacent to the stadium, gets good reviews, and a room costs about €100.00 per night. The Holiday Inn Pirámides is only a little further away, but also more affordable.
Staying in the southern part of the city centre may be a better option if you want to include some sightseeing or head into the nightlife. Hotel Puerta de Toledo, Hotel Gavinet, and HRC Hotel get good reviews, are reasonably affordable, and no more than 15 minutes walking from either the stadium or the Plaza Mayor.
Tickets for Atlético games can be bought online, by phone +34 902 530 500, via the Servicaixa cash points, or at the ticket windows of the stadium on the day of the match.
Tickets are also available on the gate before the start of the match. Atlético’s attendances are among the highest in the Primera División, but they do not tend to sell out more than one or two home matches per season.
Ticket prices depend on the opponent, but generally start at €30.00 for an upper-tier seat behind the goal and range up to €90.00 for a central seat at the main stand.
Atlético Madrid offers guided tours that include the dressing rooms, presidential suite, VIP areas, press room, dugouts, and a visit to the Atlético Madrid museum.
Tours run twice a day Tuesdays to Fridays at 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays tours run at 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. In the summer months (July, August and early September) tours run every day following to the weekend schedule.
The museum opens from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, or until kick-off on matchdays.
Relevant Internet links
Clubatleticodemadrid.com – Official website of Club Atlético de Madrid.
Esmadrid.com – Official guide for the city of Madrid.
Metromadrid.com – Travel information for the Madrid metro.
Emtmadrid.es – Madrid public transport information.