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07-09-2017

Cifuentes encourages use of the Metro to get to the new Atlético de Madrid football ground

On match days Line 7 will carry as many as 25,000 passengers in 45 minutes, with trains running every three minutes. The Community and Atlético are setting a campaign into operation so that supporters will use Metro Line 7 to Wanda Metropolitano. As from today, Estadio Metropolitano Metro Station will have a decor referring to Atlético de Madrid. Some of the leading Atlético first team players will encourage use of public transport

Today the Community of Madrid President, Cristina Cifuentes, urged all citizens and especially Atlético de Madrid supporters to use public transport to get to the new Wanda Metropolitano ground. As she stated, the “modern and spacious” Estadio Metropolitano Station is already set up to make the journey easier for the thousands of people who on the coming 16 September will be attending the opening match at the new “red and whites” home ground.

Cifuentes and the President of the Atlético de Madrid Club, Enrique Cerezo, accompanied by the coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, and some of the leading first team players, travelled this morning by Metro to Estadio Metropolitano Station, where they presented a new campaign aimed at promoting use of public transport.

The campaign has as its slogan “Llega al campo en pocos toques. Usa la línea 7” (“Get to the ground with few passes. Use Line 7”) and features the player Antoine Griezmann, who encourages use of Metro Line 7 coinciding with his shirt number, which takes you straight to the new Wanda Metropolitano ground. The same happens with Godín, who sponsors Line 2, and Thomas, with Line 5. On 16 September next, Atlético de Madrid will be playing their first league match, against Malaga, at the Wanda Metropolitano ground.
Stemming from an agreement between the Community of Madrid and the Atlético de Madrid Club, the campaign envisages the incorporation of new decorative items referring to Atlético de Madrid throughout the whole Estadio Metropolitano Station. In addition, as many as 300 advertising posters will be put up urging users to travel on public transport, while a spot featuring some of the first team players will encourage use of Line 7 in order to get to the ground and be able to attend football matches or any other sporting event programmed there in greater comfort.

“A themed station where Atlético de Madrid supporters will feel quite at home and be able to observe how the history of Metro is linked to their team’s grounds, admire the different badges worn by Atlético de Madrid players, and enjoy the illumination of the red and white colours”, stated Cifuentes, who stressed that “with these measures we at the Community and Metro Madrid have endeavoured to answer the requests by the club and the supporters, showing that wherever a top level event takes place the Community of Madrid boosts the public transport service by reinforcing both Metro lines and EMT and Interurban bus routes”.

REINFORCEMENT OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Cifuentes, who wished “all the luck in the world to Atlético de Madrid and many triumphs at this new stage of the club’s history kicking off here at Estadio Metropolitano”, informed that on match days Metro Madrid will implement the special arrangements prepared so as to have trains running every three minutes from Estadio Metropolitano Station, and she explained that this measure means that in barely 45 minutes Line 7 will be able to put trains into service with an overall carrying capacity of 25,000 passengers.

In addition, she pointed out, just a short walk away - between 10 and 15 minutes - you have Las Rosas (Line 2) and Canillejas (Line 5) Stations, which help to assure mobility in the area. On these lines Metro would be able to carry as many as 50,000 passengers in an hour.

Likewise, on match days security and station service staff will be increased. The Regional Transport Consortium will put a shuttle bus service into operation between the ground and Canillejas and Torre Arias Stations, on Line 5, which will begin to run from 2 hours before the start of the matches until 90 minutes after the finish, with an operating frequency of between 4-6 minutes.

The Transport Consortium will, if necessary, reinforce the service both on EMT bus lines 28, 48, 140 and E2 and on interurban lines 223, 224, 226, 286, 288 and 289 coming from Alcalá de Henares, Torrejón de Ardoz, San Fernando de Henares and Coslada.

ESTADIO METROPOLITANO

The station, which changed its name of Estadio Olímpico for Estadio Metropolitano last June, meets in this way one of the demands of Atlético fans. The change of name also helps to strengthen the link between the station and the new football ground. Estadio Metropolitano is one of the largest stations in the whole Metro network. It has spacious forecourts and more than 50 entry/exit turnstiles, which are capable of coping with a large number of users in a short space of time.

The new Atlético de Madrid coliseum, which will accommodate up to 67,000 supporters, and now too the Metro station providing access to it bear the name of the former ground of the red and whites, which was linked to the Madrid Underground in its early days.

It was back in 1923 when Atlético de Madrid inaugurated Stadium Metropolitano in the Colonia del Metropolitano housing development, which had been promoted by the property division that formed part of the former Compañía Metropolitano de Madrid, now Metro Madrid, close to the present Calle de la Reina Victoria.

Over four decades later, in 1966, Atlético de Madrid moved to their historic ground by the River Manzanares, later called Vicente Calderón, while Metropolitano was demolished and replaced with residential and office buildings.

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