Estadio Wanda Metropolitano will be the name of Atlético Madrid’s new stadium, the club announced at an event at the Vicente Calderón on Friday lunchtime.
Built on the site of the old La Peineta site – originally an athletics stadium meant to host the Olympic games – the Metropolitano is scheduled to open for the start of the 2017-18 season.
It was also revealed that the club will use a new crest upon making the move next summer, as seen in the tweet below.
— AtléticoFans (@AtleticoFans) December 9, 2016
Atleti originally played at the Estadio Metropolitano between 1923-1966, before moving to the Vicente Calderón.
Rumours suggested that the name would include a sponsor and a reference to the club’s history, and finally put the speculation to rest by confirming the name of our new home.
Fans have already voiced their displeasure, insisting that Wanda’s incorporation into the name goes against the traditional values of the club and commercialises what has always been an authentic part of Atleti’s identity.
The new crest hasn’t gone down particularly well either, with fans feeling that it has been designed to try and gear the club towards the Chinese market.
Atleti are of course now partly owned by Wang Janglin, Asia’s richest man and CEO of the Dalian Wanda group, who appears to be the driving force behind recent changes.
According to AS, the club will receive €12m a year for the sponsorship from Wanda.
There are still question marks as to whether Metropolitano will in fact open on time, and it was reported yesterday that we have been given dispensation by the LFP to play our first two games of next season away from home.
Now, having confirmed the name, we can expect more news from the club regarding other matters such as transport, logistics and development of the surrounding areas of the stadium in the near future.
Make sure you check out our guide to the Wanda Metropolitano here.
Are you happy with the name and crest? Do you agree with criticism of the Wanda sponsorship?