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Atletico’s old Vicente Calderon stadium facing demolition

The Madrid munipality gave the green light on Thursday for the demolition of Atletico Madrid’s former home, the historic Vicente Calderon.

The site will become a housing project with some green space.

Atletico moved into the Manzanares stadium, as it was then called, in 1966. The ground, which had a capacity of 55,000, was renamed after the club president Vicente Calderon in 1972.

The club left the Calderon, part of which hangs over a dual carriageway, at the end of the 2016-2017 season in order to move into the bigger 68,000-seater Wanda Metropolitano which will host this year’s Champions League final.

The Calderon hosted 14 Copa del Rey finals, 11 Spain internationals (during which the national team was unbeaten) and three matches during the 1982 World Cup.


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