|Address||Av. de Luis Aragones, 4, Madrid, Spain|
|Architect||Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos|
|Average Attendance||65,653 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||66,591 (Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, 18 November 2017)|
|Stadium Cost||£215 million (2017)|
|Roof||Covers all seats|
|Who is the owner of Wanda Metropolitano?||Atletico Madrid|
|Pitch Size||105 m by 68 m|
|Where is Wanda Metropolitano located?||40°26′10″N 3°35′58″W|
|Nickname||Estadio de La Peineta (The Comb Stadium)|
The history of Wanda Metropolitano starts in 1994 featuring its grand opening on September 6. The initial idea of the arena was to host 1997 World Athletics Championships. The bid appeared to be an epic failure for Madrid resulting in the stadium’s closure in 2004. The year 2013 appeared to be the turning point for the arena after it got into the Atletico Madrid’s possession. A huge reconstruction took place within the next 4 years until La Peineta eventually turned into Atletico’s official stadium.
The reconstruction costs reached £215 million. The refreshed stadium offers numerous facilities to its visitors from fast food courts and restrooms to stores, children zones and special entrances for disabled people.
Wanda Metropolitano has a traditional shape of a bowl with 6 different categories of seats:
- Premium Seats occupy lower long-side tiers located opposite each other.
- Cat 1 seats located on the upper long-side tiers providing a spectacular view of the arena.
- Cat 2 seats are located right opposite both football nets occupying both upper and lower tiers.
- Cat 3 seats represent the cheapest seats on the upper short-side of the arena.
- VIP seats colored RED.
- Official boxes are situated around the ball colored brown and blue.
La Peineta boasts enough seating capacity to host over 67, 000 supporters. At the same time, it follows the latest construction trends. For this reason, the stadium hosted the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final among the other epic matches.
The ticket price in Spain is the matter of numerous discussions when it comes to all major football arenas. Wanda Metropolitano is not an exception. The problem is that the price depends not only on the stadium location or particular match but also on the day of the week or even season. For this reason, you will need a tool like Ticket Compare to book tickets in advance at the most affordable price. The secure service lets you easily choose the necessary category or seat and buy tickets with just a click. It is the best way to benefit from cheaper prices.
As for the average price, the stats reveal the following rates, depending on the tribune:
- Fondos section from £35 to £54;
- Lateral Estesection feat. VIP seats from £45 to £98;
- Lateral Oeste section from £26 to £134 for premium seats.
You should note that the price might change especially for some major Games like Copa Del Rey finals or Champions League final legs and playoffs.
Madrid is a great city to visit from both football and tourist perspectives. At the same time, it is always full of visitors featuring busy streets and congested roads. Looking for a hotel at the matchday can be a nightmare. Booking.com is your timesaver and essential hotel-searching instrument. All you need is to insert available dates and use filters to sort out best-matching results. Another great idea is to check our list of best offers located near the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
- Sercotel Alcalá 611 – although located a bit far from the stadium, this hotel is a great place to stay especially when the weather is warm. This place hosts an amazing outdoor terrace full of green plants and nice décor. It will take you a couple of minutes to get to Canillejas Metro Station on foot. The hotel offers tidy double and twin rooms costing about £96 per night.
- Ilunion Alcalá Norte – the hotel has a great location. It will take you about 10 minutes to drive to the place from Madrid-Barajas Airport. You can choose whether to walk to Wanda Metropolitano stadium (about 10-15 minutes’ walk) or go there by bus. The bus stop is located 100 meters from the hotel. One night in a spacious room with free Wi-Fi will cost you from £104.
- Ibis Madrid Calle Alcalá – located in the north area of Madrid, the hotel is only 3 miles from the downtown. It is also not far from the La Peineta stadium. It is certainly a great place to stay if you are interested not only in football but also in places of interest and endless sightseeing opportunities. A family room for 1 child and two adults cost from £48 per night.
- Ibis Budget Madrid Calle Alcalá – it is the last but not the least hotel on our list. Give a warm welcome to the cheapest offer near Wanda Metropolitano stadium. You can take the bus #28 that will take you right to the arena or walk to the city center located about 3 miles from the hotel. For only £40 per night, you get a spacious double room with free Wi-Fi and many tourists attractions nearby.
How to get to
Once you have planned to watch Atletico playing against Real Madrid or any other team, get ready for the tough challenge. Getting to the home arena can turn into a nightmare due to congested roads and crowds of people on the public transport. The reason for such tough situation is the huge popularity of Atletico Madrid.
The team boasts probably the best reputation in La Liga featuring millions of fans around the country and world. For this reason, I strongly recommend using less popular ways of transport to get to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium. Check our guide containing some easiest and fastest ways not to miss the match.
By Tube – located in the North-East of Madrid, La Peineta is very close to a developed link of tube stations and trains. Estadio Metropolitano is the nearest tube station and the largest one. It is one of the biggest metro stations in the Spanish capital. City railway station is also located near the arena accepting trains from Paris, London and other major European cities.
By Bus – taking the bus is probably the wisest solution during the matchday. Madrid boasts a developed system of public transport offering supporters several different routes that depart every 7-10 minutes. You can take buses #28, 28 and 48. They will take you directly to the stadium area. Additional routes include buses #140 and E2.
By Taxi – an average price to get from the city center (Palacio Real de Madrid) to the stadium will cost you about £24. The trip takes not more than 25 minutes. However, you need to plan your trip in advance considering traffic jams at match day.
By Car – you can get to the stadium following M-201 or E-5 highways. Simply go along the main road and keep an eye on the road signs. You will hardly miss the stadium.
By Plane – Wanda Metropolitano is very close to the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez international airport. However, if you need to get closer to the city center, you can choose the Madrid-Cuatro Vientos Airport as the final destination instead.
Even new stadiums with excellent infrastructure often cannot satisfy every football fan that wants to arrive at the game by car. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Madrid is £8.
Eating out nearby
Madrid hardly suffers from the lack of places to eat out. Visitors can try local cuisine in numerous bistros and cafes as well as opt for traditional Irish pubs to warm up before the match. The city offers an array of restaurants serving classical Italian and Spanish meals, in addition to a fine selection of local and foreign wines. All of them are located not far from the Atletico Madrid home arena.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- Cantina Zaguero – a typical gastropub serving a selection of burgers, beers, and wines at a reasonable price. Apart from great location, a set of venue’s benefits includes an extended menu with a selection of meat meals and cozy interior.
- Gastro Atleti – a typical local sports bar with a huge LCD screen to watch major games live. The venue boasts offers low prices and promotions “buy 2 bees and get one free”. A good opportunity to save a couple of bucks during your stay in Madrid as well as immerse yourself in the atmosphere of local supporters.
- Bar Longares – would you like to try local stouts and IPAs or have a pint of traditional Guinness? This place is the best bet for you to try a selection of beers matched with chicken wings and other snacks.
- Restaurante Juvima – when you step into the room you feel like you are visiting your Spanish relatives. This amazing and cozy family restaurant serves a selection of traditional Spanish meals. A good chance to explore local cuisine in a peaceful atmosphere not far from the stadium.
- La Taberna Fantástica – the name of the venue speaks for itself. Everything you find here looks fantastic from a bright authentic interior to a wide range of amazing desserts and main dishes. A nice plays to spend with your family after the match or sightseeing tour.
Things to see at the stadium
The stadium welcomes visitors to experience a bright and memorable day at Wanda Metropolitano. It does not matter if you are a dedicated fan or a one-day tourist, the arena has so many great things to see and offer. You can choose from several tours as well as buy some great Atletico branded staff at the local store.
The stadium offers mainly general guided and non-guided tours. The program generally includes visiting all three stadium stands in addition to the footballer’s tunnel, dressing rooms, conference halls, auditoriums and more.
Adult tickets cost £14 while children under 12 will pay only £7. Please, note that club members additionally get 50% discounts while children under 12 who are also club members can enter the stadium tour for free.
The working hours are as follows:
For guided tours
- Monday-Thursday at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Friday at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
For non-guided tours
- Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Sundays and holidays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Atletico Madrid official museum was available only at the Vicente Calderón arena. Museum tours are now unavailable for Wanda Metropolitano visitors after the previous arena was closed.
The official Atletico Madrid store is available online. Here you can choose from a range for sports kits as well as the official club’s training suits. Grizman and Costa fans can buy their jerseys and cleats and explore the home wear and gift section for souvenirs. The store delivers official kits for any age and gender out of the box.
Things to do in Madrid
Galleries, historical monuments, contemporary art, and museums p Madrid has plenty of things to hear and see. The city has always been the major European tourists’ attraction featuring millions of visitors each year. Everyone will find his or her cup of tea whether you are interested in architecture, history or culture.
What can be better than traveling around the city in a top open bus on a sunny warm day? On the one hand, it is a great opportunity to see all major places of interest in Madrid with a couple of hours and not to miss the game. On the other hand, you can pick your time as the bus departs every 30 minutes passing along major centers of Madrid culture and fashion. The trip will cost you £11. The buses are available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Top 3 places to visit
The market of San Miguel – go to the heart of the Spanish capital where people gather not only to buy and sell but also to communicate. Apart from being the main grocery point of sale, the market is also the social center of Madrid where you can learn more about local lifestyle and traditions.
Royal Palace of Madrid – it is the residence of the royal family as well as the signature of the city. The building boasts amazing architecture and hosts various festivals and social events. You may be lucky to see the royal family live.
Puerta de Alcalá – with so many monuments in Madrid choosing the most outstanding one is a challenge. However, Puerta de Alcalá is certainly worth seeing. Built for King Charles III, the monument represents various architectural styles forming a massive neo-classic road gate.