Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city with just over 3 million inhabitants, who have an illustrious association with football. There are as many as ten professional football clubs in Madrid, with the two giants in Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid attracting the most attention from the locals. For this reason, Madrid is the place for some of the best football stadiums in Madrid, and we present you with a list of the most famous ones.

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Santiago Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid is Spain’s second-largest football ground, holding a capacity of 81,044. It has been the home to one of the most decorated football clubs in the world, Real Madrid, since its completion in 1947. Its record attendance was set at a 1956 European Cup Semi-Final second-leg between Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Named after the former legendary Real Madrid player Santiago Bernabeu, the stadium is considered one of the world’s most famous venues. Some of the most historic matches that were played at the Santiago Bernabeu include the final of the European Cup in 1957, 1969, 1980, and 2010. Additionally, the matches of the 1964 European Championship and the 1982 FIFA World Cup were also hosted at the Bernabeu, including the final of both competitions.

In 2019, the Real Madrid board revealed plans to renovate the stadium, which will see an addition of a roof, a 360-degree screen, restaurants and even a hotel. A €525-million renovation project is expected to be finished for the start of the 2022/23 season.

A look at the new Santiago Bernabéu | Real Madrid CF

Interesting facts about Santiago Bernabeu

  • Real Madrid played their opening game at the Santiago Bernabeu against the Portuguese side Belenenses. The match ended 3-1 in favour of Real Madrid
  • The stadium hosted the European Cup final of 1964 between Spain and the Soviet Union 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 4 000th goal in official competition at the Santiago Bernabeu against Levante
  • The Santiago Bernabeu has also hosted numerous large concerts. Internationally renowned groups and artists, including the The Rolling Stones, U2 and Bruce Springsteen had performed in the stadium

Getting to Santiago Bernabeu

Address: Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain

Public transport access: 

The stadium is best reached by metro line 10. Stop Santiago Bernabeu lies right next to the stadium. In the centre, line 10 can be caught at Plaza de España or Tribunales, but can otherwise be reached with a transfer (e.g. line 1 from Puerta del Sol or Atocha train station).

From Atocha, Paseo del Prado, or Plaza de Cibeles one can also take bus 14 or 27 to get to the stadium. Take bus 14 in the direction of Avenida Pio XII. It passes the stadium on the Paseo La Habana. Take bus 27 in the direction of Plaza de Castilla, and get off at Plaza Lima, right in front of the stadium.

From metro station Callao in the city centre, one can take bus 147. Take the bus in the direction of Barrio del Pilar and get off at Plaza Lima.

Food and Drinks at Santiago Bernabeu

Inside the stadium, there are four world class restaurants that will give you a long-lasting memory after your visit to the Santiago Bernabeu. You can read more about it here

Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Wanda Metropolitano is Madrid’s second-largest football stadium and has been the home to Atletico Madrid since the 2017/18 season. Officially opened in September 1994, the Metropolitano Stadium was closed in 2004 following Madrid’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and was reopened again in 2017. It has a capacity of 68,456 seats and holds a record attendance of 67,942.

Despite its relatively young age, the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium has already been a major venue for some of the most prestigious football events. To name a few, it hosted the 2018 Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Sevilla, as well as the Champions League final in 2019 played between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Beyond its use as a sporting venue, the Wanda Metropolitano is designed to accommodate all types of events and business meetings. The stadium has more than 11,000 square meters dedicated to hosting conferences and events of all kinds, making it one of the best football stadiums in Madrid.

The Wanda Metropolitano has a large 700 square meter central kitchen and six more located throughout the stadium. They offer fresh food options for the fans, regardless of their location. This service is an added value compared to other stadiums in Spain.

Interesting facts about Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

  • Facing the west facade, you will find the Walk of Legends, a tribute to players who have played 100 or more official matches for Atletico Madrid
  • The Wanda Metropolitano’s roof consists of a 46,500 square meters of fiberglass and polytetrafluoroethylene surface, placed at a maximum level of 57 meters on the pitch
  • The Wanda Metropolitano has a 360º ribbon board, something that is unique in Spanish football stadiums

Getting to Wanda Metropolitano Stadium

Address: Av. de Luis Aragonés, 4, 28022 Madrid, Spain

Car access:

The connections with exit 10 of the M-40 and the A-2 from Avenida Luis Aragonés are just four minutes away from the Wanda Metropolitano. Other options start at Plaza de Grecia, in front of the façade of the stadium with Avenida de Arcentales, Niza Street and Avenida de Canillejas to Vicálvaro as main access and exit routes.

Public transport access:

One of the most convenient options to reach the stadium is by metro. The main stations include Estadio Metropolitano (line 7); Las Rosas (line 2); Canillejas (line 5); and Las Musas (line 7).

Coliseum Alfonso Perez

Another relatively new football stadium in Madrid is Estadio Coliseum Alfonso Perez, the home ground of one of the lesser Madrid football clubs, Getafe CF. The stadium is named in honour of the former Spanish professional footballer Alfonso Perez, who was born and raised in the city but never played for the club. After several extensions, the ground has a capacity of 17,393 seats, with an average attendance ranging from 9,000 to 10,500.

Since its official opening in 1998, the stadium has represented the golden age of the club. Over the years, Getafe CF have experienced two ascensions to the Second Division, promotion to Primera Division, two Copa del Rey finals and a Quarter Final of the UEFA Cup in 2008.

Interesting facts about Coliseum Alfonso Perez

  • Getafe FC christened their stadium with a match against Talavera on the 30th of August, 1998
  • In 2004/05, Getafe FC played their first match in the top flight at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium, losing out 2-1 to Mallorca. 
  • The first goal in European competition scored in this stadium was by Ikechukwu Uche, against FC Twente in the UEFA Cup
  • In 2010, el Coliseum Alfonso Perez hosted the final of the women’s UEFA Champions League

Getting to Coliseum Alfonso Perez

Address: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Av. Teresa de Calcuta, 12, 28903 Getafe, Madrid, Spain

Public transport access: 

Metro station Los Espartales lies a 5-minute walk away from the stadium. Los Espartales is on the circular line 12 (Metrosur), which runs through Madrid’s southern suburbs. Line 12 connects at station Puerta Del Sur with line 10. Line 10 passes through Madrid’s centre, and can, for example, be boarded at station Plaza de España. The whole trip from Plaza de España takes almost an hour.

From southern Madrid you can also catch bus 443 (from Plaza Elíptica) or 448 (from Legazpi).

Estadio de Vallecas

One of the smaller football stadiums in Madrid, Estadio de Vallecas is the home of Segunda Division side Rayo Vallecano. This football ground was officially reopened in 1976 and holds a capacity of 14,708 spectators.

Back in the days, the Vallecas Stadium was also a temporary home of Atletico Madrid, who used it for four years from 1939 to 1943. None football-related, it also hosted a Queen concert in 1986, which turned out to be one of the last live acts with all original members of the band.

In August 2018, the stadium was temporarily closed due to safety reasons by the Community of Madrid.

Interesting facts about Estadio de Vallecas

  • The Vallecas Stadium has changed its name four times. It was called the ‘Nuevo Estadio de Vallecas’ between  1976 and 2001; later, it was changed to Campo de Futbol de Vallecas Teresa Rivero between 2001 and 2011; in 2011 it was renamed Campo de Futbol de Vallecas and is now known as the Estadio de Vallecas
  • The Vallecas goal net was christened by Real Valladolid’s Andalusian forward Manolo Alvarez during the first game ever played in the stadium
  • With its seating capacity for 14.790 spectators, is the stadium with the sixthleast capacity of the five major European leagues

Getting to Estadio de Vallecas

Address: Calle del Payaso Fofó, 0, 28018 Madrid, Spain

Public transport:

The stadium can be reached with metro line 1. Line 1 can be boarded at city centre stops Sol and Gran Via. The stadium lies right next to stop Portazgo. The journey from the centre takes about 20 minutes.

From Plaza de Cibeles, Vallecas can also be reached with bus 10. Get off at Arroyo Olivar – C. Martin Alvarez.

 

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