Unfortunately for the Vicente, we visited the Bernabeu before this stadium and therefore were left slightly underwhelmed by the experience as a whole!
I do feel sympathetic towards Athletico Madrid as they are simply the underdog and severely shadowed by the glory of Real Madrid- but what can you do?!
Firstly I will recommend going to the local tourist information center where we found "minicards" which entitled us to 10% off our ticket price. We felt incredibly stingy as the ticket was a very small amount anyway. When we arrived we had to wait for the next stadium tour guide to arrive, so we spent a short while looking around the museum. Where Real have hundreds of trophies in sparkly cabinets with graphic effects and media everywhere, Althetico simply have a historic collection of memorabilia. Again, I was totally underwhelmed. I don't know much about football so it all went straight over my head. We then decided to go to Burger King and come back to wait for the guide.
When the guide arrived, she was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and helpful- she even done the tour in both Spanish and English to accommodate the guests. We proceeded to have a tour of the stadium itself, sitting in the stands, the press box, press rooms and eventually down onto the pitch. It really is tiny compared to the Bernabeu and I know I should appreciate this stadium for what it is, but it's so difficult to not compare the two.
Generally it was a fun way to waste some time, it literally cost peanuts and I'm sure somebody with an inkling of football knowledge would have enjoyed it much more than me.
I will advise that you spend some time walking through the park which is alongside the stadium as it's like a little slice of heaven in a big crowded city. I presume it's not as popular as the Park de Retiro- somewhere we didn't manage to visit.
Generally I feel if you visit this stadium BEFORE the Bernabeu, you're likely to appreciate it more.
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