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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

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The stadium Metropolitano was for over forty years the home of Club Atlético de Madrid until the club moved in 1966 to Estadio Vicente Calderón. In its first decade of existence, Atlético played at various makeshift grounds until the club moved in 1913 to Campo de O?Donnell, not to be confused with the stadium with the same name that Real Madrid occupied at that time.

Atlético Madrid's ambitions soon outgrew Campo de O?Donnell and a piece of land was bought in the north of the city near the Avenida de la Reina Victoria. The plot was strategically chosen as it lay not far from the newly opened metro station Cuatro Caminos on Madrid's first metro line, though the club would also build an additional electric tramway to connect the metro station with the stadium.

The stadium's site already had the natural shape of an amphitheatre, so only one proper stand had to get built to complement the earth banks which served as terraces.

There was much excitement in the air as over 10,000 Atlético fans had made the journey to Madrid. The stadium was originally built with a capacity of 50,000 but was later increased to 55,000. It hosted four football matches during the 1924-25 season and forty one during the 1927-28 season. Stadium Metropolitano is still in use today and holds a capacity of 49,653 people.

The stadium has a capacity of about 25,000 people, though another 20,000 people can watch the games for free from elevated places outside the stadium. The architect who designed the stadium was José María Castell, and it would open one year later not far from the Stadium Metropolitano.

In 1929, the stadium was the site of England's first loss outside of the British Isles. Spain sent the English home with a 4-3 defeat.

In the late 1930s, the stadium got severely damaged during the Spanish Civil War. For a few years, Atlético was forced to play its home matches at other grounds, but then made use of the opportunity to thoroughly rebuild the Metropolitano, which included the construction of proper terraces at the ends where before were mere earth banks.

The Stadium Metropolitan reopened on the 21st of February 1943 with a match against Real Madrid. The renovated stadium had a capacity of 35,800, which soon however turned out to be too small again. In the early 1950s, the pitch was therefore dug out and an additional lower tier was added, which increased capacity to about 58,000 places.

However, by that time the stadium had already significantly aged and more modern stadiums were built elsewhere in Spain, namely at Real's Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. It therefore did not take long for Atlético to start making plans too, and in the early 1960s a plot of land was bought on the southern edge of the city on the banks of the Rio Manzaneras.

Many Atlético Madrid fans object to the new stadium that the club has proposed for the city. They feel that it would be more appropriate to move closer to Madrid's center, which is something that has been protested before. However, with the recent protests about moving to Estadio La Peineta, older fans may feel like this is all happening again.

The Estadio Vicente Calderón finally opened in October 1966 and the abandoned Stadium Metropolitano quickly got after demolished and replaced by residential buildings.

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