Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Tuesday that the club hopes to begin the revamp of the Santiago Bernabeu – which will make it the best stadium in the world – as soon as the current season finishes

Real Madrid have long been expected to refurbish their historic home ground. The plans initially began in 2009. And now finally on Tuesday, Florentino Perez delivered a presentation that showcased the approved plans and a final design, which will bring the 72-year-old stadium up to the standard of modern arenas.

The Santiago Bernabeu was previously renovated in 1982 and again in 2001. But this renovation plan is a modern day genius. The new design of Real Madrid’s stadium will cost around 500 million euros ($560 million). It includes a retractable roof and a metal envelope around the outside, which will be able to project images and videos. It will increase the stadium’s height by 12 metres. There will also be a 360-degree screen that runs round the entire internal rim of the roof, an interactive museum, shops and galleries that offer both views of the pitch and the stadium’s surrounding areas.

Santiago Bernabeu
The present day Santiago Bernabeu

Florentino Perez said in his speech: Today [Tuesday] begins the countdown to the beginning of an architectural innovation in our stadium. It is one of the great projects of the future for the club and the city. We appreciate the presence of the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena and representatives of the council. Thank you for helping us in our challenge.
Since we [Perez and the board] arrived at the club, we took on the responsibility of two challenges: the reform of the stadium and the creation of the Ciudad Deportiva de Valdebebas [Madrid’s training base]. Since our mandate, €500million has been invested in it, in improving facilities, so that partners and fans can feel proud of our heritage and facilities, but Real Madrid is what it is for our values.”

Real Madrid have released a brilliant video on their social media channels, revealing every new design.

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Perez further added: “We are bound to excellence, it is time to transform the stadium. Our future necessarily involves a new benchmark Bernabeu, the best stadium in the world; avant-garde, comfortable, secure, with cutting-edge technology, and that is a new important source of income.
In 2009, we shaped those dreams with a difficult path. In May 2017, the special plan for the reform of the stadium was finally approved, which was final. From that moment, we started to develop different licenses and projects. Now, the tender for the work has been carried out. Next week we will sign the financing contract and soon the tender will be closed with the aim of starting as soon as possible when this season finishes.”

Real Madrid’s final home game will be on 19th May against Real Betis. So we can hope that work will begin very soon after that. The Santiago Bernabeu’s capacity of just over 81,000 seats is not due to increase but a number of technological advancements will be made.

Real Madrid

Florentino Perez continued: “We want it to be an iconic stadium for the future. We will fund it from the money we will make from the new stadium. We want Real Madrid to be competitive in what is now a new landscape of world football.”

Real Madrid plan to complete the project within 42 months without disrupting the team’s calender. It will be ready to play in by 2023. Renovations are expected to cost around €500m, with the club agreeing to pay for their new stadium over 25 years without “any impact on sporting activity”. The new stadium is expected to generate an extra 150 million euros ($168 million) in revenue per year.

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