Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
|5100 (VIP seats)|
|340 (Press seats)|
|Clubs||Real Madrid CF|
|Other names||Nuevo Estadio Chamartín (1947–1955)|
|Inauguration||14.12.1947 (Real Madrid - OS Belenenses 3-1)|
|Construction||27.10.1944 - 1947|
|Renovations||1953, 1957, 1982, 1992, 1998, 2004, 2011|
|Design||Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, Luis Alemany Soler (1947), Antonio Lamela (1998, 2004, 2011)|
|Address||Concha Espina 1, 28036 Madrid|
Description: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
In June 1944 Real Madrid was granted credit to build a new ground next to its home at that time, Estadio Chamartín. In October works started and in three years time a new ground was already standing. It was a large leap for Real who have previously used a 22,000-stadium and now moved into a 75,000-people giant (app. 1/3 of capacity was seated). Even this proved insufficient, though, and in just 7 years the ground was expanded to an immense capacity of 125,000! In 1955 stadium received Santiago Bernabeu's name. This famous player, secretary and finally president of Real was the one who brought the venue to life a decade earlier.
Real played their first game with floodlighting a few years later, in 1957, which ended major works for over two decades. Further changes came as Spain was hosting 1982 World Cup, for which capacity was decreased to 90,000 and part of the ground received cover. Overall improvements were done throughout the venue, mostly thanks to Madrid municipality that paid for some 70% of the works. This wasn't the case in early 1990's, as Real increased its debt to provide further changes, required by new safety regulations. Massive staircase towers were built in each corner and the ground grew again to get smaller a few years later, with all-seater rule being introduced. Last major revamps took place in 2001-06 when Bernabeu grew again, this time to exceed 80,000 seats.
In its rich history the venue played host to various events, of which the World Cup (1982), Euro (1964) and 4 finals of European Cup / Champions League (1957, 1969, 1980, 2010) are the most important.
Madrid: Key challenge completed at Bernabéu
It was one of the most complex operations during the entire reconstruction process of Madrid’s largest stadium. 2,100 tons of steel travelled smoothly from the west of the stadium to the east.
2030 World Cup: Spain and Portugal confirm aspirations
On Friday they met for a friendly game. No goals were scored on the field but the greater goal was confirming the readiness to host the 2030 World Cup in Spain and Portugal.
Madrid: Clouds of smoke over Bernabéu
Wednesday evening saw emergency services rush towards Madrid’s largest stadium. During reconstruction a fire broke out, causing clouds of thick smoke.
Madrid: NFL to host games at Bernabéu?
Unlike the failed Super League and fake casino news, this could actually work. Real Madrid could offer part of its calendar to American football, once the stadium is entirely revamped.
European Super League: What could change stadium-wise?
Earthquake of historic proportions or a failed attempt at secession? Europe’s top club are attempting to flee UEFA’s supervision and no longer share revenue from international games. Their gain could come at a massive price for others.
Madrid: The amazing sliding field of Real
We’ve seen a fair few retractable fields over the years but this one will be unique. For the first time ever the field will be stored vertically, in a cave beneath the stadium. Here are the details.
Madrid: Progress in construction of new Santiago Bernabéu
The summer of 2022 is the planned date for the completion of the most important modernization works of Santiago Bernabéu. The stadium will change beyond recognition, and the total investment will probably amount to € 570 million.
Madrid: Problematic schedule of Bernabéu revamp
It was hoped that reconstruction of the stadium would not impact overall match schedule and yet exactly that is happening after just days of actual works. Real is asking to extend its hiatus from Bernabéu until September.
Madrid: Real selects contractor, works to begin
With just one game left to play before the summer break, Real Madrid announced FCC Construcción as preferred bidder. Works will last 43 months, should begin within days.
Madrid: Bernabéu revamp to begin after La Liga
The roof will disappear after current season, while all of the reconstruction should take 4 years. The outcome should become one of Europe's best stadiums, delivering an extra €150 million in Real Madrid's revenue.
CONMEBOL: Historic superfinal in Madrid
For the first time in history two archrivals from Buenos Aires play against one another in Copa Libertadores final and for the first time they both have to fly to Europe for the game. Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu was selected as the venue for second leg of what's referred to as the Superfinal.
Madrid: Debt increase secured, revamp to begin
Real's socios have spoken this past weekend and their answer is an overwhelming “yes”. Yes to the club's plan of increasing debt to €575 million in order to finance reconstruction of Bernabeu. It's bound to begin early into 2019.
Madrid: Real makes another step towards new Bernabéu
Real Madrid has achieved an important step on Thursday morning for its plans to reform its Santiago Bernabéu, located near the Castellana, in the financial heart of the capital.
Madrid: Real's new vocal section in 2 months
In mid-August the new supporters' area at Santiago Bernabeu is expected to be ready. The effort to boost atmosphere still seems very modest by international comparison.
Madrid: Another green light for Real, one left
Sustainable development committee approved the plan of revamping Bernabeu. If the city council approves it (and it will!), reconstruction may begin already this summer.
Madrid: Special plan approved for Bernabéu
The city boasts about improving the stadium’s surroundings for Madrid citizens, conveniently avoiding what’s good about the plan for Real. Still, both sides might call this a win.
Madrid: Real present downsized Bernabéu revamp
No capacity increase, no hotel, no shopping center or extra parking. And yet the budget is almost unchanged, a whopping €400 million for reconstruction of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
New list: These 20 clubs draw biggest crowds
Only six countries have any representation in this ranking. Here is the elite list of clubs that manage to draw 46,000 people or more every single game!
Madrid: Finally, compromise around the corner for Bernabéu?
And literally around the corner, because the planned hotel and shopping center could be moved from the west to south-east part of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.