Design for La Peineta revealed

Planning for the new stadium is starting to taking shape

The new stadium (AS)

The new stadium (AS)

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?

  • Javi

    The Peineta looks magnificent and is a welcome addition to bring the team to a new era
    Although i am sentimentally attached to the Calderón because I’ve been going to games there since I was a kid, the place is seriously deficient and in winter it is freezing there, while accross town they have the place heated, great seats, good food and so on and so forth
    I will not miss the Calderon
    Hopefully the new stadium will bring new ownership and new victories

  • atletisrael

    I liked the part about the shopping centre being for the fans. It’s for moneymaking guys, duh. I hope the running track will be removed, I hate Olympic stadiums

  • Javi

    Supposedly the running track is under removable seats and will be hidden during soccer games
    Everything in pro sports is for money making

  • atletisrael

    That sounds allright, still I wish I will be able to see a game in the V.Calderon so I’ll be able to tell my grandchildren about it

  • Javi

    well you have three years to do it, get on down there.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Barcelona is playing with their B team!, almost all of the 11 starters against Bate are canteranos, except Pinto and Maxwell, also, Rafinha and Thiago Alcântara are both playing together, and Deulofeu is on the bench,that’s fucking awesome, hopefully they defeat Bate.
    Way to go Pep!.

  • Javi Lozoya

    Barca B, if you may, defeated Bate with all goals scored by canteranos!, so if Barca can defeat Bate with their B team we (Atleti) can definitely defeat Rennes with some of our subs and canteranos!.

  • starvs

    The Calderon is filled with history and in a very good location, but it is an old piece of shit as far as buildings go. A modernized upgrade is certainly needed, shame it will be further from the city though.

  • Rowly

    The location of the Calderon is superb & moving will be a massive shame for that reason alone, rarely are football grounds, particularly big ones, so close to the city centre. Shame they couldn’t re-build the Calderon. The new stadium looks great though.