Atletico Madrid played their first game at their new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, this post helps you plan a football trip to the new stadium.
The stadium itself was built in 1994 with a 20,000 capacity but has largely been vacant after several failed bids for the Olympics. Atletico eventually managed to secure funding for the stadium thanks to help from Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, who bought a 20 per cent share in the club in 2015.
The name for the new stadium comes from the investors – ‘Wanda’ – and also Atletico’s first permanent stadium, the Stadium Metropolitano de Madrid, which they played in from 1923-66.
While the Vicente Calderon was a short walk from Plaza Mayor, one of the capital’s main squares, the Wanda is around a 30-minute drive, near to the airport.
With an increase of around 12,000 seats from the Vicente Calderon, Atletico have sold more season tickets than ever before, and there will be plenty of facilities for the fans to enjoy. The new stadium meets all of UEFA’s five-star criteria and is in the running to host the Champions League final in 2019.
Estadio Metropolitano (formerly Estadio Olímpico) is a station on Line 7 of the Madrid Metro. It is located in fare Zone A.