Football set to return to Santiago Bernabeu

20 Aug 2021

The redevelopment of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is nearing completion, with football set to return to the arena next month.

Having started construction in earnest as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, Real Madrid have seen their stadium project move way ahead of schedule, and they are now turning their focus to hiding evidence of construction work for the reopening on September 12.

There is, though, quite a lot of work still to be done before football is played at Los Blancos’ spiritual home once again, most notably there needs to be grass laid down where the pitch should be.

Certain parts of the stands also have no sits, which needs to be rectified quickly, although these are consider to be rather minor installations, despite how important they both are to the actual concept of a football match.

Workers will now move quickly as Los Blancos seek to avoid the indignity of having to play home matches at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

They are currently working near 24 hours a day, in three shifts of eight, with more than 800 employees working on the pitch and the stands.

What about the stands?

As soon as the pitch is covered, the lower tier stands will be built, although given there will be an attendance limit placed on LaLiga Santander matches for the time being, these lower portions may not need to be fully finished for September 12.

Preparing access

Ensuring 35,000 fans can attend a football match at a new stadium is no easy feat, with a lot of safety precautions needing to be taken.

Right now, entering from the East side of the ground is impossible, so two new access towers are being finished, with the structures having already been erected.

The two old access towers that faced the Paseo de la Castellana are being demolished.

When will it be fully complete?

Real Madrid expect the ground to be fully finished and polished by the end of 2022, or the beginning of 2023 if there are slight delays.

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