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Atletico’s new stadium to host 2019 Champions League Final

Wanda Metropolitano is the recently opened new stadium of Atletico Madrid. It replaced Estadio Vicente Calderon, which lacked possibilities for expansion and modernization being enclosed by a river and a motorway on one side and residential buildings on the other. The stadium got built on the site of Estadio La Peineta, an athletics stadium with one large concrete stand. Parts of that stand were incorporated in the design of the new stadium, while the rest was demolished. The project was partly financed through the sale of the land of Estadio Vicente Calderon. In December 2016, Atletico announced that their new stadium would be called Wanda Metropolitano, with Wanda being the sponsor name and Metropolitano a reference to their first proper stadium, Estadio Metropolitano.

 

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Wanda Metropolitano officially opened on 16 September 2017 with a league match between Atletico and Malaga (1-0).It has been selected to host the 2019 Champions League final. UEFA confirmed at their ExCo in Nyon on Wednesday that Atletico’s 67,000-seater stadium has been chosen to host the showpiece match for next season’s competition. The last Champions League final to be hosted in Spain was in 2010, when Inter beat Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu, host of the city rivals of Diego Simeone’s side, Real Madrid.

UEFA also revealed the 2019 Europa League final will be played in Baku’s Olympic Stadium, after Azerbaijan missed out to Atletico’s new home in the Champions League selection process.
“It will be the first big international final held at our stadium, which opened on Sept. 16 last in a La Liga game of Atletico against Malaga [1-0]. Atletico Madrid are proud that UEFA trusts in our facilities for the biggest game in the Champions League,” Atletico said in a statement.

 

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