With a current capacity of 54,851 seats, Estadio Vicente Calderon is the sixth largest football arena in Spain. Built in 1966, it was designed by architects Javier Barroso and Miguel Angel Garcia Lomas, being officially opened in October 1966 (at that time the stadium had a capacity of 62,000 spectators) with a friendly match against Valencia C.F which ended in a draw (1-1). During 1966 and 1971 the arena was officially known as Estadio Manzanares. Throughout the years, Vicente Calderon was subject cu several developments, as the most important renovations took place in 1982, during the preparations for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. The initial capacity decreased due to FIFA rules regarding saftey and security, which became a big concern for the international governing body of football.
During the 1982 FIFA World Cup, competition that was hosted by Spain, three matches were played on Estadio Vicente Calderon, all being group phase games (France – Austria 1-0, Austria – Northern Ireland 2-2, Northern Ireland – France 1-4). After the tournament the stadion received the status of a 5 Star UEFA Elite Stadium, the most important ranking, due to the positive outcome of the improvements made before the World Cup.
Atletico Madrid, who have been the sole tenants of the arena, announced that in 2016 they plan to move to La Peineta Stadium, a new arena that is currently being renovated. As a result the Vicente Calderon Stadium will be demolished, a decision that many Atletico Madrid fans do not aprove, considering the tradition that bonds Estadio Vicente Calderon and the club. Many fans expressed the desire to have Atletico continue on Estadio Vicente Calderon, but with no results in changing the plans of the Board of Directors.