The Campo de Futbol de Vallecas is home to the Rayo de Vallecano de Madrid football club. Opened 1976, it holds just more than 14,000 spectators. The stadium originally held more than 20,000, but the capacity decreased when standing areas were eliminated and replaced by seating in 1996. Located on Avenida de la Albufera in a densely populated neighborhood in the Vallecas district of Madrid, the stadium is tightly surrounded by apartment buildings. As a result, it only has stands on the three sides of the stadium, with the eastern side having only a wall with advertising. This configuration is unique among top level Spanish football stadiums and creates an intimate and intimidating atmosphere.
The stadium has also hosted major musical performers over the years, including Bob Dylan, Queen and Metallica.