Construction work at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is continuing, but Real Madrid are ready to welcome back football and even fans.
There hasn’t been a match there since the Clasico against Barcelona on March 1, which they won 2-0, and the floor of the stadium was covered in trucks and construction material during the summer, but the pitch is now back and football could take place at the ground even as the construction work continues in the background.
The work is scheduled to finish in the summer of 2022 and the plan all along was for football to continue at the Bernabeu as the work was taking place.
The reason for the move away from the city centre location was simply that work could be carried out even quicker, since matches have been taking place behind closed doors.
UEFA announced on Thursday that continental clashes can take place with supporters in the stands – up to 30 percent capacity – if the local authorities approve this and Real Madrid would be ready to invite supporters back into the stands if the green light is given in the Spanish capital.
However, this is something that Real Madrid directors don’t expect to happen soon in Spain.
While the return of up to 30 percent of fans would bring a huge economic boost to the club, the Real Madrid directors don’t expect permission for such gatherings to be forthcoming in Madrid, where the coronavirus situation is currently very delicate.
Staying at the Di Stefano
For the time being, Los Blancos will continue to play at their training base of Valdebebas, at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
This will also be the case for their Champions League matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach, although UEFA will allow them to switch venues if the situation changes.