"On a personal level I'm proud to write my name in the history of the club and the stadium," Griezmann told reporters. "We were really looking forward to playing here, and the fans were the 12th man today. For me this is the best stadium to play at, not just as it is my club, although you have to recognise that." Atletico supporters were in good voice as they celebrated their new home in the north-east of the city and although the pain of leaving the Vicente Calderon will take time to heal, the Metropolitano era started perfectly.
Antoine Griezmann scores the 1st goal at Wanda Metropolitano. All 32 of his La Liga goals for Atletico at Vicente Calderon were in wins pic.twitter.com/CzKHC73KfK— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) September 16, 2017
As well as an opening ceremony which paid tribute to the club's former homes and included parachutists delivering the match ball and Atletico and Spain flags, a vibrant firework display lit the sky up in red and white. "As a player and coach, I've never seen anything like this," said coach Simeone of the reception his team were given. "Sincerely, I'll remember this for the rest of my life. "It was emotional and surely spectacular for the people that were watching on television."
The Wanda Metropolitano looks stunning ahead of Atletico Madrid's first LaLiga game at their new home this season. pic.twitter.com/kyT1NVVGo4— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 16, 2017
The King of Spain, Felipe VI, attended, while striker Fernando Torres and Jose Eulogio Garate, who played for the club between 1966 and 1977, took the honorary kickoff before the game, representing three generations of players.
Atletico Madrid's new home is filled ahead of its first game this season. ? pic.twitter.com/ajau4lsQPMSeptember 16, 2017