Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is the bailiwick of Real Madrid. This is where the home team plays every 15 days the games of the Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey. Given the intense competition between teams and the intensity of crowd support, the structure has been a witness of high quality football.
As a proof of its being a quality venue for quality games, it is recognized as a five- star sports arena by the UEFA, the highest level conferred by the organization, on the basis of safety, facilities and equipments. It has a seating capacity of more than 85, 000, all of which are more often than, not occupied due to strong live viewership.
The best way to get to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is by Metro. The Santiago Bernabeu (Line 10) station is near to the stadium, but train is also an alternative for fans coming from Nuevos Ministerios Station. Buses pass by this sports arena through Paseo de la Castellana, but their routes are modified during Real Madrid’s playdates.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium was inaugurated in 1947. At first, this sports arena had a capacity of more than 75.000 spectators and was called ‘New Chamartin’, because it was built where the Old Chamartin used to be situated. It was named after the president of the club by the time of the completion of its construction. It is worthy to note that the team won six Europe’s cup during the term of President Santiago Bernabeu.
There have been several modifications in the said facility to abide by the rules on safety of UEFA. The first significant changes were the incorporation of most recent innovations to the building such as the two big coloured screens and the shutting down of the enclosure and installation of a visor around the stadium.
With the directive of UEFA to have all spectators sited while watching a game, the management had decided in the early 90’s to add a new balcony on top of the stadium. Simultaneous with this is the erection of four access towers.
At present, the club is organizing a public contest for the design of the stadium’s roof and for the creation of a luxury hotel and shopping centre in it. The four finalists presented impressive outputs, all of which shows a roof that can be removed to allow the rays of the sun penetrate into the stadium.
Alfredo Di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the greatest players of Real Madrid to play in the grass of the stadium. Players from opposing team have their own share of experience with the modernized facility. Such includes Leo Messi, Ronaldinho and Johan Cruyff from FC Barcelona, Diego Armando Maradona from Napoli or Alessandro Del Piero from Juventus di Turin, all of them has been admiring the stadium.
Some of the greatest matches in the history of the sports were played in the said stadium, such as the finals of the 1982 World Cup, where Italy downed Germany, 3-1. Several finals of Europe Cup were also held here. The last one was in 2010, when Inter di Milan won 2-0 to Bayern Munich. Real Madrid, of course, has also displayed exceptional performances through setbacks and triumphs, the most remarkable of which was 5-0 sweeping of FC Barcelona in 1995.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium had also hosted great concerts such as that of Frank Sinatra in 1986 and Bruce Springsteen in 2008.