The major transformations of the Santiago Bernabeu

21 Jul 2019

The machines, the cranes, the lorries and the construction fences have been laid out over the last few days so that the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu can undergo it’s biggest transformation since its construction in 1947.

This is nothing new for those who have lived next to the stadium all their lives and have seen it go through various redevelopments.

The Santiago Bernabeu that we know today was built on top of part of the old Chamartin stadium and was opened on December 14, 1947.

It would soon outgrow its demand and plans were put in place to expand the stadium in 1953.

The work was completed in 1957 with the installation of 480 floodlights, which meant that night matches could be played there for the first time ever.

Apart from a new scoreboard that was added in 1972, the Santiago Bernabeu did not experience any other face lifts until the 1980s.

With the World Cup in mind, the stadium was almost completely roofed, ensuring that three-quarters of it were covered.

Some work to the exterior and entrances was also done in order to spruce it up.

Then, in the 1990s, the height of the stadium was increased from three tiers to four, which meant that the capacity was raised to 110,000.

Four towers were also erected outside the stadium to emulate the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

In 1998, the Santiago Bernabeu became an all-seater stadium and the next objective was to work on a complete transformation of the roof and the surrounding areas of the stadium.


Santiago BernabeuRamon Mendoza and Florentino Perez are the three presidents in the history of Real Madrid that have done the most work to ensure that the stadium is among the best in the world.

Bernabeu was an astute man who saw the potential in creating the new stadium over part of the old one and turning it into a venue with a modern day value that is astronomical.

It was the creation of the Santiago Bernabeu and the signing of Alfredo di Stefano that changed the history of the club.

Ramon Mendoza played his part too, paving the way to make the stadium taller and bigger, turning it into one of the most spectacular arenas in world football.

Florentino Perez is certainly following in their footsteps, making improvement after improvement.

The current president will be the one that takes it to the next dimension, making it by far and away the best stadium in the world and a key source of income for the club.

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