Being the big sports city that it is (with an emphasis on football), it’s no wonder that Madrid currently has quite a large number of functioning stadiums – 11, to be more precise. From the biggest to the smallest, let ShMadrid give you a run-down of all the stadiums in the capital of Spain.
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Major football stadiums in Madrid
Santiago Bernabéu – Located in the district of Chamartín, the legendary home of Real Madrid couldn’t be anywhere but on top of this list. Active since 1947 and with a current capacity of 81,044 spectators, it has been the stage for countless high-stakes football matches and is often completely sold out.
Vicente Calderón – Next on our list are Atlético Madrid’s headquarters, which can hold 54,907 screaming fans. You can still visit the stadium, but it has been replaced by Wanda Metropolitano.
La Peineta – After 50 years in the district of Arganzuela, Atlético’s fans will now have a new home in the area between Canillejas and San Blas. This former Olympic stadium, which had a 20,000 people capacity, is currently under renovations that will make it a modern, fully covered stadium capable of welcoming 73,729 spectators at once.
Coliseum Alfonso Pérez – The home of Spanish Second Division club Getafe FC, from the city of the same name in Madrid’s metropolitan area, has been active since 1998 and is currently able to hold 17,393 fans.
Vallecas – Located, unsurprisingly, in the Vallecas district, this 14,708 capacity stadium is the home of local club Rayo Vallecano, also currently competing in the Second Division.
El Soto – With a capacity for 14,000 spectators, El Soto used to be the home stadium for the football team of CD Móstoles, which no longer exists. Located 18 kilometers southwest of the city centre and with a pretty reasonable size, it’s still a useful infrastructure for friendly matches and entertainment events.
Butarque – Despite its relatively small capacity (of only 10,000), Butarque is the home stadium of a recently promoted La Liga club – CD Léganes, from the city of the same name, which is located on the outskirts of Madrid but officially part of its conurbation.
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Other stadiums in Madrid
Nacional Complutense – Fit for up to 12,400 attendees, this stadium is located at the campus of Complutense University of Madrid. It serves as the home field for Madrid rugby union team CR Cisneros.
Minor stadiums – The remaining 4 stadiums in Madrid are of lower capacity and belong to minor sports teams. They are El Deleite (8,000/Real Aranjuez CF), El Val (7,000/RSD Alcalá), Alfredo di Stéfano (6,000/Real Madrid‘s reserve team) and Santo Domingo (5, 880/AD Alcorcón).
Are you planning on attending a game at one of these stadiums soon? If you’d rather just visit them outside of match days, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid both offer tours of their respective homes.
Which of these stadiums have you visited?