08 March 2013
A venue and date has been set for the Copa final following a meeting this afternoon at the Las Rozas Ciudad del Fútbol between the clubs and Royal Spanish Football Federation. The Copa de Rey final between Real Madrid and Atlético will be held on Friday, May 17, at 21:30 at the Bernabéu. Emilio Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations, who represented Real along with Manuel Redondo, director of the President's Office, said that the decision benefits fans: “Seating capacity was crucial. It’s a celebration of Madrid football and as many fans from both teams that can attend the better”.
During the half-hour meeting a unanimous decision was made on the venue and date of the Copa del Rey 2013 final. The final will be held at the Real stronghold on Friday, 17 May, a decision made principally for capacity reasons: the Bernabéu can hold over 80,000 spectators while the Vicente Calderón less at 55,000 seats. “The relationship with Atlético is extraordinary and that’s proved once again with this agreement, which was made quickly. We’re very pleased that the final will be held in the Bernabéu. Seating capacity was crucial. It’s a celebration of Madrid football and as many fans from both teams that can attend the better”, said Butragueño.
Butragueño also said that from both an institutional and sport perspective they’re “delighted. We know what a final means and we completely trust the squad”. He also said that ticket distribution will be approximately 30,000 tickets for each team and commented on the support that coach José Mourinho gave the proposal: “He told us that he completely agreed with the decision the club makes”.
Real Madrid and Athlético presented their plan to the Federation and it was approved, as summarized by Jorge Pérez, the Federation’s general secretary: “It was a unanimous consensus and we thought it was perfect”. Clemente Villaverde, Atlético manager and director, backed the words of Emilio Butragueño: "Common sense has prevailed and it was the best decision for both institutions”.