Atletico Madrid go back in time with new stadium

September 16, 2017
Atletico's Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with teammate Diego Godin during a Spanish league match earlier this season.

MADRID (AP):

Atletico Madrid will get closer to the past when they move into their new stadium this weekend.

The state-of-the-art venue inaugurated today will thrust the traditional Spanish club into modernity while not letting go of its rich history.

The 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, named after the Estadio Metropolitano where Atletico played more than half a century ago, will give fans plenty of comfort and luxury.

Wanda Metropolitano also will feature references to Atletico's history, including four other stadiums where the club played in their 114-year existence. It highlights the small site where it was founded in 1903 to the beloved Vicente Calderon where they played from 1966 until last season.

"The fans obviously will never forget the memories, the nostalgia and the love that they had for the old Metropolitano or for the Calderon," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "And they will fall in love with the Wanda Metropolitano as well, because what makes them fall in love is actually the team and its jersey. And that will never change."

Fans will be reminded of Atletico's past when they arrive at the venue in northeastern Madrid.

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