Real Madrid Stadium: A new and modern stadium is awaiting
What is the Real Madrid stadium?
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is currently the home venue of Real Madrid. The stadium was completed in 1947 with a current seating capacity of 81,044 seats. During the first years, from 1947 to 1955, it was called Estadio Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. It has become the home ground of Real Madrid since its completion and was named after the footballer and former Real Madrid president Santiago Bernabéu.
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is located in the district of Chamartín of Madrid and has its own metro station along Line 10 with the same name as the ground. Initially, it had a capacity of 75,145, including only 27,645 seats and 47,500 for standing spectators. Santiago Bernabéu first hosted the match between Real Madrid and Portuguese club Os Belenenses on 14 December 1947, which was a 3-1 home win for Los Bancos.
Real Madrid’s home ground is currently the second-largest stadium in Spain, after Barcelona’s Camp Nou with a capacity of 99,354 seats, and the third-largest home to a top-flight European club after Camp Nou of Barca and Westfalenstadion of Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world because it has hosted plenty of top-flight competitions, including the final of the UEFA Champions League four times in 1967, 1969, 1980, and 2010, the 2018 Copa Libertadores finals’ second leg, 1964 European’s Nations’ Cup and FIFA World Cup.
Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Renovation plans that explained why Real Madrid home games were not at Santiago Bernabeu in the UCL
We might notice that Real Madrid didn’t play at the Santiago Bernabeu in their home games in the recent season of the UEFA Champions League. Most of the matches were played behind closed doors, but through media, football fans could recognize it was not the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, but the Alfredo Di Stefano instead.
This was explained by the club president Florentino Perez. He confirmed that their home ground is on a significant redevelopment plan that started at the beginning of June, and was scheduled to finish before the summer of 2022 to welcome a new season 2022-23. However, due to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic which urged the club to be quicker in their work, the construction of a new stadium might be concluded sooner than expected.
The president also revealed that it would be a totally new and modern stadium for Real Madrid equipped with high technologies like installing a 360-degree screen. There will be an all-new exterior, including a retractable roof that can open to welcome the air when the weather is good and close when it rains or snows.
There are also a new underground car park with 500 spaces expected, next to the old Esquina del Bernabeu shopping center and new restaurants as well. This is considered the first major upgrade on Real Madrid’s home venue since the early 2000s, after several times expanding its capacity.
Renovation of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
Some things you should know about Real Madrid CF
Real Madrid, which has a full name as Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, is a top-flight Spanish football club. They were founded on 6 March 1902 with their initial name as Madrid Football Club. The club are named after the city where they are based, with their neighboring club Atletico Madrid which are also based in Madrid city.
Real Madrid have worn an all-white home kit since their inception, hence their nickname Los Blancos, meaning The Whites, or La Casa Blanca, referring to The White House. They were one of the founding members of the prestigious La Liga, along with Athletic Bilbao and Barca. The club have never been relegated from the first division in their history.
In 2019, Real Madrid were the second highest-earning football club in the world, with annual revenue of €757.3 million and worth €3.8 billion. They are also one of the famous football clubs that are widely supported all over the world (meaning they have the most fans).
There is no wonder why Real Madrid is one of the top-notch football clubs in the world. They have achieved plenty of honors in domestic, continent, and worldwide competitions. Los Blancos also made four records, including the most La Liga titles (34), the most UCL titles (13), a shared record of three times winning the International Cup, and four FIFA Club World Cup.
La Liga records Real Madrid
They were awarded the FIFA Club of the 20th Century in 2000 with almost half of the vote, and the FIFA Centennial Order of Merit, the highest honor awarded by FIFA four years later. They were also the Best European Club of the 20th Century by IFFHS in 2010. With a huge record in football, Real Madrid are ranked third, just behind two giants Bayern Munich and Barcelona, as of 2020.