The Estadio Manzanares, as it was known back then, hosted its inaugural game on 2 October 1966. The stadium seats over 54,000 people.
On its premises you will find shops, workshops and a medical clinic as well as the club merchandise shop, the Club's Museum and a kids’ zone which hosts birthday parties. The stadium holds a four-star rating (the equivalent of the 5-star elite rating it was given by UEFA in 2003).
At the end of the 2016-2017 season, Atlético de Madrid will be leaving the stadium and moving to La Peineta Stadium. The Vicente Calderon will be demolished and a park called Parque Atlético de Madrid, built in its place.
Atlético de Madrid Museum and guided tour of the stadium
The Museum illustrates the hundred-year-old history of Atlético de Madrid and shows how panish and international football have grown over the years. Trophies, shirts, photos and football boots are exhibited in the five main areas of the Rojiblanco museum. Also, you can view the 600 items belonging to Pablo Ornaque, owner of one of the largest private football-related collections around the world.
Following your visit to the museum, you may want to go on a guided tour of the stadium: stand on the field, walk by the bench, peep into the changing rooms, enter the press room, the president’s box and the VIP room, and climb the steps the footballers themselves climb as fans sing the team’s anthem on matchdays.