Santiago Bernabeu Stadium: A story of Innovation
Are you a big fan of football? Up for the modern version of the gladiators?
Then the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is just for you.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is Real Madrid Football Club’s official premises. It is located in the Chamartin district of Madrid, in the north of the city.
Its contruction finished in 1947 and it over 80.000 people! It is a Superior Stadium in the UEFA Stadiums Rankings. This new and grand athletic field was built just next to the older Chamartin Stadium, now no longer visible.
In the 50s, the Bernabeu was the second largest stadium in Europe following London’s Wembley.
In 1957 Real Madrid beated Sport Club do Recife 5-3, for the first time during an evening match, the lighting system had just been installed.
In 1966 FIFA decided to create the Football World Cup, and guess what? Spain was the first lucky one. In the 70s the stadium went to a serious of structural embellishments. Sadly the Spanish team did not make it even to the semifinals, leaving the millions of passionate fans disappointed.
In the 80s and 90s the FIFA approved new safety measures that obliged member stadiums to have two thirds of the seats protected from the rain and a growing number of the total spaces would have to be for seated spectators. With the growing violence in the European stadiums, independent accesses had to be added and the majority of the spectators had now seating positions.
20.200 additional seats where also in 1994 with a 87% inclined angle allowing viewers a perfect vision of the game on all points of the field. 30 kilometers of pipes with heated water were installed just below the soil to avoid the grass from freezing in winter. Amazing!
As if all this was not enough in the year 2000, 127 million euros were invested to improve the global comfort of the stadium. The works were divided onto the following 5 years and included a retractable cover system that protected football fans in the event of rain.
The history of innovation and search for technology and comfort of this stadium is pretty unique, it is honestly closer to a spaceship.
It is obviously used for concerts too, with a 100.000 spectators capacity (even if for a U2 they reached 110.000!).
The main access is on Paseo de la Castellana Street in the Chamartin District, situated in the north part of Madrid. The 10 Metro Line, Santiago Bernabeu stop is the closest metro stop.
If you want to read more about the Renovation Project that should finish in 2016, click here
To book a ticket to a football match, or the visit the museum inside the stadium, click here
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