Atlético de Madrid have today revealed plans for the new Estadio La Peineta in a presentation at the city council.
Mayor Alberto Ruiz Gallardón and club president Enrique Cerezo proposed the design to an audience of 600, including all first team players and coaches, as well as club legends such as Luis Aragonés, Adelardo and Luiz Pereira.
General manager Clemente Villaverde also spoke in the absence of Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, who suffered a domestic injury last week.
After years of planning, it looks as if the project is finally taking shape and could be completed within the next few years. Although there have been delays in previous stages of production, club officials are keen to highlight that work is already well underway.
A redevelopment of the athletics stadium on the outskirts of the city, La Peineta will hold around 70,000 spectators, and also features a subway station and nearby shopping centre to accommodate fans.
The estimated date of completion is by the end 2014, so that the Rojiblancos can move in for the 2015-16 season.
Speaking this evening, Ruiz Gallardón said the following.
“Today we present a stadium that will respect the club and the city,”
“The venue is new, but the club is and always will be forever. Like the Vicente Calderón, it will become a formidable stage for Atlético.”
Also at the event was architect Emilio Cruz, who revealed that the stadium will need to feature a running track in case Madrid is chosen to host the 2020 Olympic games. The track can be removed if not needed, although it may not prove to be too popular among supporters.
Moving from the Calderón is of course an option also unfavoured by many, although AS reported today that the club will receive up to €350m for its eventual sale.
The featured 3D video can be watched below.
Another video screened at the presentation focused on the transition to the new ground. The story is of club employee Luís García, who watches his son, a current youth team player, score the winning goal in La Peineta to hand Atleti the league title.
For Spanish speakers, you can find more information on La Peineta from the club’s official website.
The subject of the new stadium is one that divides many fans, what are your views on La Peineta? How beneficial could the move be to Atlético?