Santiago Bernabeu , located in Madrid, Spain, is an all-seater football stadium. It was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid . It’s current capacity is 80,354 spectators.
On 22 June 1944 Santiago Bernabéu and Rafael Salgado toke a loan for the purchase of the land adjacent to the old Chamartín Stadium. On 5 September 1944, architects Manuel Muñoz Monasterio and Luis Alemany Soler were hired and the structure on the site began to give way to the new stadium. On 27 October 1944, construction work on the stadium began.
The Nuevo Estadio Chamartín was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 with a match between Real Madrid FC and the Portuguese side Os Belenenses. The stadium had an initial capacity of 75,145 spectators, 27,645 of which had seats (7,125 covered) and 47,500 for standing fans.
Santiago Bernabeu was renamed in 1955 in honour of their former chairman Santiago Bernabéu Yeste . It is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious football stadiums, divided into four sections, each with its own special history. Each of these sections has its own huge tower.
Since then, Bernabeu , has hosted the European Cup final on three occasions: in 1957, 1969 and 1980, and the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010. The finals for the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and the 1982 World Cup have also been held at the Bernabeu.
When Florentino Pérez became the president of Real Madrid, he launched a “master plan” with one goal: to improve the comfort of the Santiago Bernabéu and the quality of its facilities, and maximise revenue for the stadium.
Pérez invested €127 million in five years (2001–2006) by adding an expansion to the east side of the stadium, as well adding a new façade on Father Damien street, new costumes, new boxes and VIP areas, a new stage in honour of the east side, a new press area, a new audio system, new bars, integration of heating in the stands, panoramic lifts, new restaurants, escalators in the tower access, and implementation of the multipurpose building in Father Damien street.
In 1992, four imposing towers were added to facilitate access to and from the stands. The cover over the east stand and the remodelling of this part of the ground, which now house the director’s box and the press area, meant that in 2005 the stadium attained ‘five-star’ status in accordance with UEFA standards. Also under consideration is a project to cover the entire Bernabeu with a transparent retractable roof.
The story of the mythical Santiago Bernabeu Stadium leads inevitably to the history of Real Madrid football club which in 2000 was recognised by FIFA as the Club of the Century. Enduring greats such as Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Emilio Butragueno, Hagi ,Ronaldo, Raul , Zinedine Zidane or the new star Cristiano Ronaldo have all graced the Bernabeu’s sacred turf in the famous all-white strip.
Those who are fans of the Real Madrid team, and football in general, often come from miles around to see a game. Often, these folks will book a room in one of the cheep hotels in Madrid near the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. They enjoy being close to the stadium, as they usually are within walking distance of it.
Visitors can take a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, and see such things as the Presidential Balcony, the player’s tunnel, coaching areas, the team dressing rooms, and of course, the pitch.
Full name- Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Former names -Nuevo Estadio Chamartín (1947–1955)
Opened- 14 December 1947
Owner- Real Madrid C.F.
Construction cost- 288,342,653.72 €
Architect -Manuel Muñoz Monasterio and Luis Alemany Soler
Field dimensions- 107 × 72 m