Trucks, 80 metre high cranes, excavators and workers have completely taken over the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, which is having its work advance at a rate that will see it completely remodelled by the summer of 2022.
The coronavirus pandemic has allowed for things to speed up considerably, and the progress and rhythm of the daily work is already evident.
1. How things look today: Work on the roof, access towers and a new folding stand
Right now, a lot of the work is on the stadium’s facade, the installation of the retractable rood, the car park and the tunnels.
There are workers all over the site and things are progressing nicely. There are no longer any traces of the old offices on the east side of the stadium.
The tunnels are one of the biggest features of the stadium, which will allow for trucks and vehicles to enter without blocking the surrounding streets.
2. Deadlines: Summer 2022 is the target
Real Madrid being able to play at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano came as the best news of 2020 as it allowed work at the Bernabeu to speed up.
Although things are going well now, the deadline is still very ambitious and there’s a long way to go yet. The Bernabeu, when finished, will be a completely new stadium.
3. The retractable roof
The new roof is the jewel in the crown of the new stadium and it’s already taking shape, although it’s the most delicate and complicated phase of the work. It won’t be finished for another two years.
Now the two main tunnels are being constructed, then there will be platforms on top and then, some way down the line in 2022, the roof will be placed on top.
4. The tunnels
The Bernabeu will have a tunnel allowing access to trucks without taking up space on the surrounding streets, making them more pedestrianised.
The main idea of the tunnels is to make the venue much more functional and to allow for multiple events in one week.
5. The viewpoint
One of the new features will be a viewpoint in the form of a terrace with bars and restaurants overlooking Paseo de la Castellana.
On matchdays it will have access to the VIP boxes and it will be open to the public ever day of the year. There will be more catering on offer as well.
6. The retractable pitch
MARCA revealed the plans and although the work has been put on hold due to difficulties, it’s still planned for next summer.
The idea is to have a removable pitch so that all kinds of events can be hosted, similar to Tottenham’s two pitches.
7. An average of 350 daily workers
As many as 350 people work on site every day, though that has been as high as 500 on occasion.
8. Could they open the doors today?
It would be impossible. Although the grass is in place, a game could not be held. Cranes and trucks are filling the stadium and only those who take the Bernabeu Tour can access the stadium.
9. The 360-degree scoreboard
The digital scoreboard will be spectacular and surround the stadium.
As much as 100 million euros will be invested in the stadium’s technology and the scoreboard will be a nod to the future.
10. A money maker
The new stadium will give Real Madrid an economic boost and the projected annual income will increase by 150 million euros.