As promised, today we’ll sum up for you a bit of Vicente Caderon stadium’s history and trivia. Enjoy!
The stadium is located in Madrid, in Arganzuela district. It was the first in Spain to become a “5 star rated stadium”, and it’s been so since 2003. It’s Atletico de Madrid’s official stadium.
When it was built, back in 1966, there were seats for 62.000 people. The first game ever played there ended in a tie to 1 against Valencia CF. At the time, it was called Manzanares Stadium, because of the river. However, in 1971 the name was changed to Vicente Calderon to honor the president.
These may be Vicente Calderon’s last years. The club wants to build a new, bigger stadium, called Estadio de la Peineta, that will be ready in three years, tops. Then, the Vicente Calderon will be turned into a park. The fans aren’t very happy with the idea, but the club argues that the current location is too close to the river.
Now, a bit of trivia: the stadium was closed by the UEFA for two games, in punishment for the incident between Atletico’s fans and Olympique de Marsella’s fans the 1st of October 2008.
You can get to the stadium using the 17, 18, 23, 34, 35, 36, 50, 116, 118 or 119 bus line, or stepping down at Piramides, the L-5 underground station.
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