On 16 September Atlético de Madrid football club moves into its new home, leaving behind the mythical Vicente Calderón stadium which, while disappearing, will live on in the memories and hearts of the club’s supporters. And the new fiefdom of colchonero fans will give plenty to talk about, since it becomes Europe’s most modern stadium. Located in the San Blas district, far from the emblematic Manzanares river, the new Metropolitano boasts 68,000 seats and meets the most stringent standards in terms of convenience, safety and visibility. A vast 40-metre-high flag (it couldn’t be larger due to its proximity to the airport) will be visible from many spots around Madrid. And a spectacular reproduction of the bear and strawberry tree will preside over one of its main entrances. The new red-and-white coliseum will have spaces for children’s play, music and a considerable food and drink offering.

The stadium will be ready to host the matches of the red-and-white team from mid-September onwards, although for some time work will continue on the site’s infrastructures and accesses. The new Wanda Metropolitano will undoubtedly become a source of pride for Atlético supporters and for the city of Madrid.