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Vicente Calderón
VicenteCalderon.jpg UEFA Elite Stadium
Former names Estadio Manzanares (1966-1971)
Location Madrid, Spain
Built 1966
Opened 2 October, 1966
Renovated 1982 (FIFA World Cup)
Owner Atlético Madrid
Operator Atlético Madrid
Surface Grass
Architect Javier Barroso
Miguel Ángel García Lomas
Capacity
54,851
Field dimensions
105 x 70 m
Tenants
Atlético Madrid

Estadio Vicente Calderón in Madrid is the home stadium of Club Atlético de Madrid football club. It is located in the heart of Madrid by the banks of the Manzanares River. The stadium was originally called Estadio Manzanares, but was later changed to Vicente Calderón after the famous Atlético club president. The seats are laid out in red and white stripes, the famous colours of Atlético's shirts.

Vicente Calderón regularly holds international matches of the Spanish national team. It has a capacity of 54,851 and was given the UEFA 5 star stadium rating in 2003. The Vicente Calderón is also used as a concert venue, having hosted concerts by acts such as RBD and U2. In July 2009, Madonna performed front a sold-out crowd of 32,000 fans as part of her Sticky & Sweet Tour.

Atlético could be moving away from the Vicente Calderón to a renovated stadium, Estadio La Peineta, in 2012, and the stadium would be torn down afterwards. [1] [2]

World Cup 1982 matches at the Calderón

The stadium hosted three games in the 1982 FIFA World Cup (All Round 2, Group D):

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Coordinates: 40°24′6.19″N 3°43′14.18″W / 40.4017194°N 3.7206056°W / 40.4017194; -3.7206056

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