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Atlético Plans 12 Hours Of Festivities For First Game At Wanda Metropolitano

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 15 / 17

After 50 years of calling the Estadio Vicente Calderón its home, Atlético Madrid is "set to inaugurate" its new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, when it hosts Málaga this weekend, according to Alberto R. Barbero of MARCA. Atlético started its La Liga campaign with t...

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