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: 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.
Madrid: Smaller Bernabéu easier to swallow?
Real Madrid’s stadium expansion plans have been stalled for almost two years. President Florentino Perez is thus working to amend them and make it through the bureaucratic process. AS report.
Madrid: Another blow for Bernabéu revamp
Three strikes and it’s out. Or so it seems for Real Madrid, whose plan to expand Santiago Bernabéu was again met with denial. The city is open to other proposals “as long as they’re in public interest”.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
Madrid: Real’s project again at risk
Real Madrid’s €420m plans to redevelop the Bernabéu have been dealt a major blow after the city’s supreme court of justice ruled that work on the project should be halted with immediate effect.
Madrid: A superstadium for Real in the suburbs?
It could hold up to 100,000 people and cost a smashing €1.2 billion, nearly four times the price of revamped Bernabeu. But the superstadium isn’t Real’s first choice, only a ‘Plan B’.
Madrid: €500 million for “Abu Dhabi Bernabeu”?
The Emirates’ royal family is reportedly interested in naming rights for Santiago Bernabeu. The deal could be worth up to €500 million over two decades. That’s enough to revamp the stadium.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
Madrid: Court halts Bernabeu redevelopment
The Supreme Court of Madrid stopped zoning changes that would allow Real Madrid’s stadium to grow commercially. However, it’s not clear whether this decision will delay the project.
Finances: Matchday revenue top 20
It may be a global report, but only European clubs from six countries were able to reach the top 20 list of richest football teams. Each of them earns well over €100 million per year with a fifth of that revenue coming from stadium matchday use.
Madrid: This is Bernabéu 2017!
15 months after the selection of four finalists, Real Madrid finally announced winners of the international competition. As predicted, German GMP Architekten won with their bid.
Madrid: Coca-Cola to get Bernabéu naming rights?
After revelations about Microsoft, now it's time for Coca-Cola to be named as potential sponsor for Real Madrid's revamped stadium. Supposedly the deal might be worth a stunning €80 million per year!