A stadium of highest category; one of the top stadiums of Europe
The stadium was inaugurated in 1966 and bore the name “Estadio del Manzanares”. Thanks to its 54.800 seats, with a capacity of 62.000 spectators, it fulfills the UEFA norms for sport facilities. In addition, the stadium was being accorded the honor to be advertised as a “five-star-stadium” which contains the opportunity to hold European Cup games such as the Champions League Final.
• Acquisition of property: 16th March 1961
• Start of construction: In the year 1961
The first game in the stadium was against the FC Valencia. The end result was 1:1 after goals of Luis Aragonés and Paquito.
On May 23rd in 1972, after modernization work and renaming, the stadium was inaugurated with an international match between Spain and Uruguay which the host could win through a 2:0.
• Contemporary name: Estadio Vicente Calderón
• Actual capacity: 54.851 spectators, all of them seats
• Size of the areal: 35.000 sqm
• Squaremeter per seats: 27.460 sqm, this is more than two spectators per sqm
All of this means space and comfort and exceeds by far the determined norms for sports events. Out of the 54.851 seats, 18.850 are currently roofed.
The main stand was inaugurated on the 6th of February 1972, at the game against Athletic Bilbao which ended 1:2. The main stand is completely roofed (5000 sqm) and was built of iron and aluminum.
The pitch’s size is 105×70 m. In addition, there is the possibility to divert water in case that it rained a lot or to water the pitch through sprinkler systems. Furthermore there is a seven meter broad warm-down zone which extends from the seats in the first row to the grass. It is completely cemented.