Pastures New: 7 Clubs That Moved Stadium as Atletico Madrid Prepare to Enter Their New Home

Atletico Madrid are set for the grand opening of their new home this weekend, as they welcome Malaga to the Wanda Metropolitano for the first ever game at the state-of-the-art arena. In response to this, we decided to take a look at some other clubs who decided to up sticks and relocate to a more advanced home, in the hope of developing as a club through increased attendances and improved facilities. Let's take a look at some... Stadium name: Allianz Arena Year moved in: 2005 Capacity: 75,000...

Bayern Munich

Stadium name: Allianz Arena

Year moved in: 2005

Capacity: 75,000

One of the most aesthetically pleasing football stadiums in the world, Bayern's Allianz Arena is best known for it's array of exterior inflated panels, making it the first stadium in the world with a colour changing exterior. 

It was used to host the 2012 Champions League final as well as being used at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. 

1860 Munich also played their games at the 75,000 capacity stadium, until Bayern bought their 50% share of stadium rights for €11m back in April 2006. 


Stadium name: Juventus Stadium

Year moved in: 2011

Capacity: 41,507

The Serie A heavyweights have turned the 'Juventus Stadium' into a fortress since it's opening back in 2011. 

Since playing their home games in the arena, the Old Lady lost just three top-flight league games of the first 100 played in their new home, with no opposition teams looking forward to a trip to Turin of late. 

Swiss full back Stephan Lichtsteiner scored the stadium's first ever competitive goal 16 minutes into a league game against Parma in September of 2011, whilst it was also used to host the 2014 Europa League final. 

Manchester City

Stadium name: Etihad Stadium

Year moved in: 2003

Capacity: 55,097

The Citizens relocated from Maine Road to the Etihad back in 2003, after spending almost a century at their old stomping ground. 

The impressive arena came hand in hand with the Sheikh Mansour takeover in 2004, from which they have embarked on a lucrative journey splashing over £1bn on new players as they look to dominate the domestic and European scene. 

The Etihad was expanded by 8,000 seats back in 2015, although has been a source of mockery due to quite a few visible empty seats at many games. 


Stadium name: Emirates Stadium

Year moved in: 2006

Capacity: 60,432

The Gunners moved into the Emirates from their famous Highbury stadium back in 2006, and embarked on a trophy less run lasting nine years, something that many Arsenal fans associated with the switch in stadiums. 

Despite the on-field stagnation of the team and on-going behind the scenes issues at board level, the Emirates is a phenomenal, modern stadium and boasts some of the most impressive facilities in England. 

Olympique Lyonnais

Stadium name: Groupama Stadium

Year moved in: 2016

Capacity: 59,186

Parc Olympique Lyonnais, more commercially known as the Groupama Stadium, is a modern state-of-the-art site consisting of two hotels and a leisure centre in addition to incredible sporting facilities. 

It was selected by the French Football Federation as one of 12 stadiums to host matches at EURO 2016, and has been the home of Lyon for just over a year now. 

Arsenal's record signing Alexandre Lacazette scored the first ever goal in the stadium.

Athletic Bilbao

Stadium name: San Mames Stadium

Year moved in: 2013

Capacity: 53,289

Bilbao moved into their new home in September of 2013, conveniently located adjacent to their old stadium which was also named San Mames.

The Spanish side were considerate of sentimentality however. In the construction of their new ground, a piece of turf and brick from the old site was carried over to the new site via a human chain consisting of Bilbao's most famous players, youth players, reserve players, members of the women's team and the club's youngest and oldest registered supporters. 

The club also preserved the iconic arch which loomed over the old site's main stand, relocating it to the training ground where it now resides besides the reserves pitch. 

West Ham

Stadium name: London Stadium

Year moved in: 2016

Capacity: 60,000

The Hammers moved into their new home at the start of the 2016/17 season, and experienced some significant teething problems. 

Fans complained of having to sit on concrete slabs as there were no seats in the spot in which they bought a season ticket in, as well as experiencing some harsh treatment from stewards. 

After a year of settling in, the Irons are feeling slightly more comfortable in their new surroundings, although the majority of their fans would still prefer their old Upton Park environment. 

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