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Atlético set to leave El Vicente Calderón

Posted by atleti on July 30, 2007

 

It’s official: the club website has confirmed that los rojiblancos will relocate to a new stadium by 2010; that means three seasons at the Vicente Calderón left. The old grounds will be used to create– among other things– a park called Parque Atlético de Madrid.

Click here for a mini video of Atleti’s new home. It might take a minute or two to load up.

The new stadium, which is expected to have a 73,000-spectator capacity, will be loaned to Atlético until 2016, at which point it will become the property of the club.

It’s a very delicate issue for supporters. On one hand, there’s an emotional, sentimental value to the Vicente Calderón; it has been the home of the club since 1966 and many feel management are selling away their past. On the other hand, in this day and age, it’s not unusual at all. Many clubs are relocating from their old grounds to better, more modernised stadiums and facilities (eg Arsenal left Highbury and Liverpool are prepared to leave Anfield). Again, it’s a very complicated issue.

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3 Responses to “Atlético set to leave El Vicente Calderón”

  1. Ringo said

    I didn`t realise the stadium was only built in `66 ,that`s relatively new.That sounds more like how it is here ,they only use a stadium for 30-40 years and then want a new one.
    I saw three games there during the `82 WC ,don`t remember much other than the stadium was less than half full ,and the Rolling Stones played there at the same time to a full house!

  2. atleti said

    Yeah, it is a very young stadium when compared to others, actually! I never thought about that. The thing is…the club’s himno (‘song’) mentions the Vicente Calderón…what are we supposed to do- rewrite our song?!

    Camp Nou opened ’57, Sevilla’s in ’57, Bernabeu in ’47, Athletic Bilbao in 1913, Real Zaragoza in ’57, Valencia in 1919 (they have plans to relocate, I think?), Villarreal opened in ’23, but has been renovated two times (’52 and ’05).

    My only concern is that this will be a soulless Olympic stadium. If you’ve ever seen Espanyol’s grounds, you’ll know what I mean. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like the new stadium will have a track. Still, why not just renovate? Why relocate? Who knows…

  3. Ringo said

    Brand new 73,000 capacity stadium ,or keep your club song as it is ,that`s a tough one!
    Although reading Wikipedia it seems it was not called the Vicente calderon until 1971.
    And I don`t think you`ll see any new stadiums built with an athletics track anymore ,those days are gone.
    Of course ,when it is your club moving home then it`s different. If Roman ever decides to build a new Stamford Bridge ,and there have been whispers ,then I`m sure I`ll be in two minds. Although the Bridge today is nothing like the old stadium I remember.

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