Revealed: The best-kept secret of the new Bernabeu

13 Nov 2021

The best-kept secret of the renovated Estadio Santiago Bernabeu has been revealed and it consists of a revolutionary retractable pitch system.

Like many modern stadiums, Real Madrid’s newly upgraded home will not be merely a football stadium, as it will be a multi-use venue capable of staging concerts, conferences and other sporting events, such as tennis or basketball.

In order to allow this to happen, a remarkable system has been developed to provide the Bernabeu with a full retractable pitch while still ensuring the highest quality playing surface for Los Blancos.

The real grass surface will divide into six sections which can be retracted and stored underneath the stadium in a 30m high-tech facility which will provide each section with light, water and ventilation. The grass will receive the best treatment in order to keep it in top condition for football matches, while the stadium will also boast an artificial pitch that can be used for training and other purposes.

The club have released a video representation of how the new system will look and work, while 3D artist Javier Caireta-Serra has also released a video explaining how it will all work. The pitch will take six hours to lay or retract and this will be done at night for the greatest efficiency.

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