Real Madrid has taken out a €225 million loan for a new phase of renovations at the Santiago Bernabeu, which will include the installation of an underground greenhouse.
Los Blancos announced plans for the €525 million renovation four years ago, with the project expected to increase capacity by 4,000 to 85,000 seats and include a retractable roof and pitch.
Construction on the stadium began in 2020, during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, and Real Madrid began playing home matches at Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano, the club’s training facility, when the 2020-21 season resumed.
Real Madrid returned to the Santiago Bernabéu in September this year, but much of the renovation work is still ongoing, with the club now confirming that an additional phase has been added.
Even when the playing surface is retracted, the subterranean greenhouse will keep it spotless.