The Community will change the metro station of the new Atlético de Madrid ground, which will go on to be called Estadio Metropolitano
The Community of Madrid will change the name of the metro Line 7 station leading to the new Atlético de Madrid ground, which will cease to be called Estadio Olímpico to go on to be named Estadio Metropolitano. In this way, the Regional Government meets one of the requests of Atlético supporters.
To allow time for all the changes in the signage of the metro network as a whole and practically coinciding with the opening of the new football ground, it will be as of 1 August when Estadio Olímpico Station becomes Estadio Metropolitano Station.
Estadio Metropolitano Station belongs to metro Line 7 and from there it is easy to reach the new Wanda Metropolitano ground, which Atlético de Madrid will finally move to in the summer in order to confront the 2017-2018 season.
The ground, which will hold some 67,000 spectators, will have one of the largest stations in the whole network, with spacious forecourts and over 50 entry/exit turnstiles, which are capable of absorbing a large number of people in a short space of time. In addition, just a few minutes’ walk away –10 - 15 minutes– Las Rosas (Line 2) and Canillejas (Line 5) stations are located, which assures mobility in the area.
The new Atlético coliseum, and now also the station that will provide access to it, will have the name of the former ground of the “red and whites”, which was linked in its origins with the Madrid metro. It was in 1923 when Atlético de Madrid opened Stadium Metropolitano in the Colonia del Metropolitano housing estate, which had been developed by the property division that formed part of the old Compañía Metropolitano de Madrid, which is now Metro, around the present Calle de la Reina Victoria.
Over forty years later, in 1966, Atlético de Madrid moved to its new ground alongside the River Manzanares, eventually called Vicente Calderón, while the Metropolitano was demolished and replaced by housing and office buildings.
The other great first division club in the Community, Real Madrid, already has a station bearing the name of the ground. It is a case of Santiago Bernabéu Station, which was opened with the name of Lima on 10 June 1982 and changed its name in 1997.