Constructed in 1994 as part of Madrid’s ultimately unsuccessful bid to host the 1997 World Athletics Championships, the Wanda Metropolitano sat by largely untouched for many years. The stadium was closed in 2004, with the intention of being remodelled as part of another failed bid, this time for Madrid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In 2013, Atlético Madrid purchased the ground to replace the Vicente Calderón Stadium ahead of the 2017-2018 season, owing to a lack of expansion potential. Shortly after opening, the 68,000 capacity stadium was selected to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final, in which Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0.
The Estadio Metropolitano has also hosted a Spain international fixture (Spain defeating Argentina 6-1 in March 2018) and the 2018 Copa del Rey Final (Barcelona winning 5-0 against Sevilla). A world record attendance for a women’s club fixture was also set at the stadium in March 2019, with 60,739 watching a match between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona.
Tickets at Wanda Metropolitano
Tickets for Atlético Madrid matches are available through the official website here. Tickets should generally be available for most La Liga matches (with the exception of Barcelona and Real Madrid) and upon research during the 2018/2019 season were available from €40.
Location & Travel to Wanda Metropolitano
The Wanda Metropolitano is located approximately 10km to the north of central Madrid.
Airport – Madrid–Barajas Airport is the second largest Airport in Europe and serves many destinations across the world. Despite being just 5km away from the stadium, it is surprisingly difficult to catch public transport directly from the airport. A car or taxi will however take you just under 10 minutes to make the journey.
Bus – There are a number of bus services that stop close to the stadium – 28, 38, 48, 140, 153, E2, N5, N6, 286, 288 and 289. On match days, there is a special bus that runs directly to Canillejas station.
Metro – The metro is the most convenient method of public transportation to get to the stadium. The ‘Estadio Metropolitano’ (line 7) is located directly next to the stadium, although if travelling from central Madrid you will need to change lines – the journey will take approximately 35 minutes.
Alternatively, ‘Las Rosas’ (line 2) or ‘Canillejas’ (line 5) stations are both within a 15 minute walk of the stadium.
Train – There are two main stations in Madrid – Madrid-Atocha, the bigger of the two which has high speed trains all over the country (Seville, Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona) and Madrid-Chamartín, serving the north of the country and for trains to Portugal.
Both stations sit on Line 1 of the Metro so you will need to change lines to reach Estadio Metropolitano.
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Wanda Metropolitano Stadium Tour & Museum
Guided tours of the Wanda Metropolitano run Monday to Thursday (11am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 5pm) and Friday’s (11am and 12:30pm). Non-guided tours run Friday (3pm-7pm), Saturday and Sunday (11am-7pm), subject to match days and events.
The tour costs €19 for Aged 12+, €12 for aged 5-12 and free for children under 4.
To book the tour and for further information, visit the official Atlético Madrid website here.
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Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist