The long-winding road for Atlético Madrid that ends in La Peineta seems to have taken another twist this week as courts in Spain have poured more cold-water on the regeneration of the existing site of the Vicente Calderón.
The ruling could delay Atlético’s move across town to their new stadium, or perhaps even cancel the move completely, according to reports. Atlético is relying on money from the demolition and subsequent regeneration to fund the redevelopment of their new home in the north of Madrid.
Don’t get too excited Atléticos. The club is still insistent that we will have moved in to the former Olympic stadium at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, and continues to post new pictures of the development on the official club website.
The ruling, which is still to be appealed in the Supreme Court, relates to the height of the buildings planned to replace the Vicente Calderón, which are scheduled to be taller than allowed.
Sport is reporting that the club could be entitled to compensation from the FCC if the ruling is upheld, and this could reach as high as €300 million.
The local authorities first put a stop to the regeneration works, known as the ‘Mahou-Calderon’ project, last year after concerns over the maximum height surfaced.
The new stadium, which is still without a name, is slated to hold in excess of 73,000 fans.
The Estadio Vicente Calderón celebrates its 50th birthday next season.