Atletico Madrid Vicente Calderon Stadium: Ticket Types and Seating
The terms Category 1, 2 ,3 and so on are the most commonly used in the marketplace to describe types of seating available at Spanish matches, and the relative quality (and therefore price) of each area of a ground. However, do not expect to find these terms printed on tickets in Spain. This diagram shows the categories of tickets available at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, where Atletico Madrid play. To help you decide, we use the following Category definitions:
Category One Tickets (Cat 1): Your seats will be SIDE VIEW:
– lateral “grada” or “Tribuna”, or
– preferencia tribuna superior
Category Two Tickets (Cat 2):
– Cat 2 Lower Goal End View: Fondo, Grada or Tribuna
– Cat 2 Upper Side View: lateral (1º Anfiteatro or 2º Anfiteatro.)
Category Three Tickets (Cat 3): Upper End View (higher up than the Cat 2 seats). The following will be marked on your tickets: Fondo (1º Anfiteatro or 2º Anfiteatro)
Kick Off Times for Matches in Spain
League matches in Spain can be played on Saturdays or Sundays, (and occasionally Monday or Friday fixtures are possible). Notice that for most matches in Spain, because of the way TV rights are decided, (and maybe because many things tend to be arranged “last minute” in Spain!) definitive kick off times and even the dates of the game remain provisional until perhaps 7 or 8 days before the match.
When fixtures are announced at the start of each season for La Liga, Sunday dates are almost always given provisionally for each match. Then 7 or 8 days before each games, the definitive kick off time is given (usually Saturday or Sunday with kick off times usually between 1700 and 2200). If you are planning a football weekend in one of the Spanish cities like Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, and wish to make your arrangements more than 8 days in advance, you must stay both Saturday and Sunday nights, arriving no later than about 1600 on the Saturday.