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Atletico Madrid to unveil new stadium on Saturday

by 14/09/2017 20:00:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Atletico Madrid will play their first match in their new stadium on Saturday 
  • Atletico will have a lavish 12-hour extravaganza ahead of their game with Malaga 
  • The Spanish giants opened their doors to photographers on Thursday 
  • The 67,703-capacity stadium will not be fully finished until Christmas  

By Tom Farmery For Mailonline

Published: 20:00 EDT, 14 September 2017 | Updated: 20:00 EDT, 14 September 2017

Atletico Madrid will officially unveil their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday as they host Malaga in La Liga.

Atletico have played all their games away from home this season but will finally move into their new ground at the weekend.

The Spanish giants, who spent 50 years at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, will have a 12-hour festival ahead of the televised 7.45pm game.

Atletico Madrid will officially unveiled their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday
Atletico Madrid will officially unveiled their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday

Atletico Madrid will officially unveiled their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday

Fernando Torres has spoken about how much he knows the new ground means to the fans
Fernando Torres has spoken about how much he knows the new ground means to the fans

Fernando Torres has spoken about how much he knows the new ground means to the fans

Torres is expected to play for Atletico as they host Malaga at their new ground on Saturday
Torres is expected to play for Atletico as they host Malaga at their new ground on Saturday

Torres is expected to play for Atletico as they host Malaga at their new ground on Saturday

Antoine Griezmann points to the Atletico emblem after a training session on Thursday
Antoine Griezmann points to the Atletico emblem after a training session on Thursday

Antoine Griezmann points to the Atletico emblem after a training session on Thursday

Atletico's stars including Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Koke have all graced their new pitch for the first time this week.

It has been reported that the pitch was only completed within the last few days with the club working tirelessly to get everything ready on time.

While Atletico will call the stadium home from this weekend, the 67,703-capacity stadium won't be finished until Christmas. 

Saul Niguez does up his laces ahead of the training session on Atletico's new pitch
Saul Niguez does up his laces ahead of the training session on Atletico's new pitch

Saul Niguez does up his laces ahead of the training session on Atletico's new pitch

Thomas Partey plays a short pass during training as he gets used to the new surface
Thomas Partey plays a short pass during training as he gets used to the new surface

Thomas Partey plays a short pass during training as he gets used to the new surface

It has indeed been a long time coming. The club first talk about moving to the former athletics stadium nearly 30 years ago.

They have encountered a number of problems along the way such as financial and legal problems.  

Fittingly the stadium is named after Atletico's first permanent stadium, the Stadium Metropolitano de Madrid, where they played from 1923-66.

Full back Filipe Luis poses in front of the Atletico emblem plastered on the inside of the tunnel
Full back Filipe Luis poses in front of the Atletico emblem plastered on the inside of the tunnel

Full back Filipe Luis poses in front of the Atletico emblem plastered on the inside of the tunnel

Atletico striker Fernando Torres has spoken recently about how much the supporters will cherish their new home. 

'My grandfather has told me about the Metropolitano, I know what it means for the Atleticos,' he said.

'In these modern times, it is lucky to have a partner like Wanda. For those who have Atleti blood the surname makes us emotional too, it is beautiful. All my memories are at the Calderon, but maybe someday I can tell my grandfather I played at the Metropolitano.'

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