The Santiago Bernabéu of the 21st century is set to be a major state-of-the-art, universal icon and, since June 2019, a stunning transformation has been taking place. Some of the work that reflects this change relates to the roof, where the north and south stand sections have now been dismantled. In addition, the extendable section of the roof on the side of the stadium that runs along the Castellana has also been removed, along with other parts. In the future, the new roof’s fixed structure will protect all of the stadium’s seats, whilst the retractable roof will cover all of the pitch.
One feature of the future stadium that is now visible is the metal structure belonging to the new towers on the Paseo de la Castellana. Equipped with ramps, escalators and lifts, the new towers will replace the current B and C towers and will serve to make the flow of spectators more fluid. They will also serve an architectural purpose, given that they will provide structural support for the new roof.
The other two roof support structures will be located on Calle Padre Damián and progress has been made on their construction. As a part of this process, the two towers on this side of the stadium have been demolished and the foundations laid, which are to be completed with a metal structure and concrete cladding.
This side of the stadium has also undergone two major changes since June 2019. The first relates to the construction of an underground car park on the site that was home to the Esquina del Bernabéu shopping centre. The new ground level has been reached and building work has started on the five underground floors, which will replace the three floors offered by the shopping centre. Around 500 parking spaces will be created and the car park will enable for the space to serve new purposes, such as offering an area for the Real Madrid and visiting teams’ coaches to be parked.
The second of these major changes relates to the demolition of the adjoining building, which housed the club’s institutional offices and the Adidas store. This work will allow for the construction of a new building which will run all the way along the height of the side of the stadium and will feature 10 functional above-ground (there were previously three) and three underground floors. This building will be incorporated within the new stadium structure.
This work has been carried out accurately and under optimum safety conditions thanks to the installation of construction site support facilities in the area surrounding the Bernabéu, notably including the installation of six fixed cranes with a reach of 90 metres. In addition, the construction site hut has been extended with the addition of further canteen space and changing rooms for workers so as to comply with the strict COVID-19 prevention measures.
All of these new features seek to make the Santiago Bernabéu into a state-of-the-art arena that offers optimum comfort, security and cutting-edge technology and where supporters continue to enjoy unforgettable experiences.