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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:46 PM
First game at Atlético de Madrid's new stadium, the Metropolitano, on Saturday. My son's been a season ticket holder at Atleti for a few years, and I've finally got one myself. yeah, I know, but what can you do? I can't make it to Selhurst Park every week.
It's set on the outskirts of the city, out toward the airport - the old stadium was just a walk for us, though when it went up, in the 60s, it was pretty much city limits, itself. Still, we got there in half an hour, door to door, on the metro, and we live right in the centre. And when I say it's on the outskirts when you walk out of the tube station, on your left side it's a forest of those sand-brown Madrid tower blocks, and to your right are kilometres of nothing, all the way to the mountains. The road accesses are unfinished and all the conveniences of the old stadium are, conspicuously, missing. All those hundreds of family run bars are going to have it rough without Atleti being there. There's a big cement space, in its place, with those mobile food and drink stands you see at rock festivals - the club wants people to go there and hang out and spend hours there before and after games. I think it's a stretch. It'll be interesting, too, to see what happens this week with the Chelsea game - most people end work here around eight o'clock and it is hard to see how they will get there by quarter to nine.

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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:53 PM
Inside, though, it's clearly a success. It feels like the Calderón, architecturally it bears a resemblance, the curves, the close intensity. It sort of feels like the Calderón if it were imagined in asci fi cartoon. The acoustics are intimidating - it's always been a bloody noisy club - and it feels, already, like a football ground. They've gone from 50,000 capacity to 68,000.

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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:53 PM
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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:54 PM
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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:55 PM
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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:56 PM
Plenty of leg room, for a man used to the Arthur:
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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:57 PM
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El Aguila
18-09-2017, 12:58 PM
There's a "legends' walk" outside.... they should probably have thought twice about one or two of them....

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Maidstoned Eagle
18-09-2017, 01:17 PM
Did you see the Sociedad v Real Madrid game last night?A cameraman was flattened by the crowd surging out of the weird temporary stand behind the goal.

RDSdaEAGLE
18-09-2017, 01:19 PM
That is a stunning-looking stadium. Really impressive.

El Aguila
18-09-2017, 01:26 PM
We went expecting the worst, it's been a bitterly unpopular move - the previous location was ideal for Atletico's fanbase. But it feels right, once you're inside, the metro is quick, clean and cheap, and the club is about to start receiving a lot more money from UEFA as the champions' league income starts getting distributed according to finishing positions in the last five years, the top four in Spain go straight through to the group stage, and a huge new TV deal for la Liga comes in. All season tickets are sold out, and I guess this is their shot at being a superclub.
It's a fantastic place for football - once you're inside - it already, straight away, feels like Atletico.

El Aguila
18-09-2017, 01:27 PM
Did you see the Sociedad v Real Madrid game last night?A cameraman was flattened by the crowd surging out of the weird temporary stand behind the goal.

I missed that incident - what is that all about?

3 Beers at HT
18-09-2017, 02:51 PM
That is a stunning-looking stadium. Really impressive.

Just a smaller, tighter version of Wembley/Stade de France etc.

El Aguila
18-09-2017, 03:03 PM
It's not really that similar to Wembley, except I guess a football stadium is a football stadium. There's an open side which goes higher than the rest, for one thing Never been to the Stade de France.

jimmy the gent
18-09-2017, 03:38 PM
Whilst you can respect the architecture and planning when looking at stadiums, for me it's more important how it fits into it's surroundings. Selhurst may be a dump but it's in a tight community, and there's plenty of transport, pubs and food places nearby. Far rather that than some swanky design out in a spot like West Ham's stadium, Coventry or Bolton.

GreatGonzo
18-09-2017, 05:10 PM
Whilst you can respect the architecture and planning when looking at stadiums, for me it's more important how it fits into it's surroundings. Selhurst may be a dump but it's in a tight community, and there's plenty of transport, pubs and food places nearby. Far rather that than some swanky design out in a spot like West Ham's stadium, Coventry or Bolton.

Was talking about this on Saturday with another BBSr and Noades tried for years to develop Selhust and couldn't. Jordan negotiated a 10 year lease instead of the 99 years offered by Noades, determined that within the 10 years we would have a new ground, probably at Crystal Palace park - we didn't. Parish has spent years looking again at getting us moved to the park, year looking at developing Selhurst and we still see no concrete signs of anything positive happening.

When is it time to give up on Selhurst, give up on the park and move to somewhere it is possible to do so?

jimmy the gent
18-09-2017, 05:37 PM
Never. We should stay in Selhurst, and where possible do it up. It's scruffy, far from perfect, but it's the Palace we've all known all our lives. Bromley and the residents will never allow us to return to the park, and outside of that there is no realistic potential sites anywhere in South London. Realistically relocating means leaving South London, and balls to that. I remember when Gatwick was mentioned as a possibility. The idea fills me with dread. Far rather remain in Selhurst, however dilapitated it may be in time.

LLCOOLSTEVE
18-09-2017, 05:39 PM
Went to a game at the old stadium last season; was fantastic.....

Norwich_Eagle
19-09-2017, 05:43 PM
I tried to go and visit the new stadium last summer while I was in Madrid doing a mini tour of the grounds but, the station exit was blocked. It looks incredibly impressive though, will try to find a time to go to a game soon me thinks.

The idea however of Palace moving to a concrete block on the outskirts of Croydon or Gatwick fills me with dread.

Spoons
19-09-2017, 06:18 PM
Is this where they planned (or built?) a stadium for the Olympics they never got?

El Aguila
19-09-2017, 06:36 PM
Yes, twelve years of hurt and humiliation (and relief and laughs for those of us who live here).