Athletico Madrid to move to new Olympics Stadium

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1 August 2007, MADRID - Atletico de Madrid has signed an agreement to move from its Vicente Calderon stadium to an athletics arena currently being revamped as part of Madrid's 2016 Olympic bid.

1 August 2007

MADRID - Atletico de Madrid has signed an agreement to move from its Vicente Calderon stadium to an athletics arena currently being revamped as part of Madrid's 2016 Olympic bid.

Under the deal signed with the Madrid city council, Atletico will move to the Peineta stadium on the city's southeastern outskirts. The stadium, to be renamed the Madrid stadium, will have covered seating for almost 74,000 spectators once it is refurbished, Olympic bid organizers said in a statement.

The complex will belong to the city council until the 2016 Olympics and will then be Atletico's property.

The Vicente Calderon stadium area _ which was opened in 1966, seats 55,000 and is located centrally beside Madrid's Manzanares river _ is to be turned into a parkland.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo was booed by some Atletico fans opposed to the move during the presentation Tuesday at the Calderon of new signing Jose Antonio Reyes.

Madrid was also a finalist for the 2012 Games.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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