Visiting Extraordinary Vicente Calderon Stadium
For you who are the fans of Atletico Madrid, Vicente Calderon Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Vicente Calderon) of course is not so odd to be heard. Located in Arganzuela district of Madrid on the banks of the Manzarenas River, this stadium is the home stadium of La Liga Atletico Madrid football club. Its first broke ground was in 1961. Actually, this stadium originally was called by Manzarenas Stadium before changed to Vicente Calderon Stadium. Its later name is taken from the name of famous Atletico club president, Vicente Calderon.
History of Vicente Calderon Stadium
In March 1961, Javier Borosso accompanied by Miguel Angel Garcia Lomas started to construct the new stadium after buying lands for replacing the previous stadium that was Metropolitano de Madrid. In 1966, the new stadium was opened and was named by Estadio del Manzarenas. However, 1n 1972, the name was change to be Vicente Calderon. This stadium had ever hosted for Derby Madrid in 1967 and three games in the FIFA World Cup in 1982.
Capacity of Vicente Calderon Stadium
The Stadium that is located on the banks of Manzarenas has the field size 105 meter x 70 meters (115 yd x 77 yd). Its surface is covered by grasses. When it’s firstly opened in 1966, the seats capacity reached 62.000 spectators and it became the first biggest stadium in Europe. However, after having some renovations, the capacity of Vicente Calderon Stadium is just for 54.960 seats. Since 2003, this stadium has classified as a 5 star UEFA Elite Stadium and become the first Spanish stadium that attain its classification.
The layout of the spectator’s seats is designed in red and white stripes that are the colors of Atletico’s shirts. In its three side of Vicente Calderon Stadium, there are two stage of stand without roof. Usually, the Ultras – supporter of Atletico Madrid—position in east tribune for supporting their beloved team. In addition, the spectacular feature of this stadium is that below one of the grandstands, the M-30 dual carriageway, the most rushed road in Spain, passes.
If you are not able to see directly the match of Atletico Madrid in this Vicente Calderon Stadium, you can take advantage the stadium tour. The tour package will offer you not only to enter the stadium, sit in player and official team seats or just in the tribunes, but also to visit the Los Rojiblancos museum, the locker of the players, and other stadium facilities. The tour is available twice in a day on Tuesday until Friday starting from 1 PM until 5.30 PM. To join the tour, you just have to pay 10 euro.
In addition, the stadium can be accessed via the closest stations Piramides or Marques de Vadillo, which are on line 5 of Madrid Metro. Other alternatives, you can take advantage the bus 17, 18, 23, 34, or 35. It is easy to be arrived in the stadium. Now, you can plan to visit Vicente Calderon Stadium as one of the destinations when you get trip to Europe.
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