The pandemic hole

The Wanda Metropolitano hardly has any activity: there is no public at the matches, the club did not take out the new season tickets, no concerts or events ...


Atlético inaugurated the Wanda Metropolitano a little more than three years ago and has gone from the full on its coming-out to an empty stadium. During this time, more than 5 million spectators have enjoyed Atlético's official LaLiga, Cup and Champions matches, historic events such as the Champions League final that crowned Liverpool against Tottenham or the Cup final between the Barcelona and Seville, as well as concerts by world stars such as Muse, Alejandro Sanz, Bon Jovi or Iron Maiden. Facilities that hosted more than 250 annual events outside of football, such as business meetings, presentations, fairs, exhibitions ... and that have been absent for seven months.

Since its premiere, the new Atletico stadium has generated employment and wealth for the club itself, the neighborhood and the city of Madrid. Only with the dispute of the final of the Champions generated more than 50 million income for the capital. The opening of the Wanda Metropolitano multiplied the generation of jobs, since on a match day between 1,500 and 2,000 people work depending on the importance of the meeting divided into different activities (security, cleaning, restoration, lockers, customer service, shop ...) . And in the neighborhood, the arrival of the club led to the general opening of bars and restaurants, as well as contributing to the growth of existing ones.

But in March the pandemic paralyzed the competition for three months and since returning in mid-June it has done so without an audience in the stands and with the parallel activity reduced to a minimum. The events have disappeared and the music of the concerts has been silenced. Those two thousand people who worked in each party have become only twenty employees who cover the needs of the parties behind closed doors. This lack of initial activity for a whole quarter and the subsequent return to competition without fans has resulted in a huge drop in revenue. Atlético have seen them cut by 115 million euros. Without fans in the stands, without being able to collect the season tickets for this new season (not knowing when the subscribers will be able to access), having reduced the money for television rights and also in Champions ... The pandemic has greatly reduced the income of the Madrid club.

The Wanda Metropolitano should have hosted the international matches of Spain-Germany (March 26) and Spain-Portugal, which should have been played in June. And the rugby match between Spain and the All Blacks (last May 29 and will be played on May 8, 2021). And the Aerosmith concert, finally scheduled for June 5 of next year.

The bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shops in the surrounding area have suffered from the absence of the thousands of fans who filled them on match day and many have been forced to close waiting for better times. Many employees have seen their activity limited or even disappeared due to this force majeure situation.

In view of this delicate situation that not only affects the football sector but the entire economy in general, Atlético has also been forced to renegotiate all the contracts it had with its different cleaning, security and maintenance providers ... due to the sharp drop in activity, reaching agreements with all of them. However, in this force majeure situation, the Madrid club terminated the contract signed with the Anglo-Franco-American conglomerate formed by Centerplate, Sodexo and ISG after failing to reach an agreement. The contract was valid for 20 years, but ends three years after it began after an agreement was not reached at this delicate moment in which the activity to which it was dedicated ceased completely.

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