Real Madrid is the most successful team in Europe while at Spanish level it is the team with the most titles with 33 victories in the league (La Liga), 19 King’s Cups, 11 Spanish Super Cups.
Such a winning team could not but play in a stadium that lives up to its great history.
Created in 1902 as Madrid Football Club, the club blanco will play until 1912 in an old esplanade of the Plaza de Toros Goya in Madrid.
From 1912 until 1923 Madrid Football Club played in the Campo O’Donnell, with a capacity of 5,000 spectators.
In 1943 the new President was Santiago Bernabeu, a former player who decided to build the new stadium.
In 1947 the new Estadio Chamartín was inaugurated, in the same district as the old stadium, which had since been demolished in 1945. The Estadio Chamartín had a capacity of 75,145 spectators, of which 27,465 seated (7125 covered) and 47,500 standing (2000 covered) but only in 1955 the Shareholders’ Meeting decided to name the stadium after Santiago Bernabeu.
With the Spanish World Cup in 1982 the stadium underwent a total renovation, a new grandstand was created and the capacity reduced to 90,880 seats, of which over 24,000 are covered. The façade, the changing rooms and the press gallery were renovated.
As Real Madrid continues to collect La Liga titles and win the first UEFA Cup, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is further modernized by increasing the capacity to 106,000 spectators with over 20,000 more seats. But in 1998 with President Lorenzo Sanz the capacity was again reduced to 74,328 seats all seated by the new anti-violence laws.
With Florentino Pérez in the 2000s, over 127 million euros were invested in modernization bringing the spectators to 80,354 all seated. In December 2004, the Santiago Bernabeu tour was created
The Bernabéu Tour takes visitors through the most emblematic places of the club and allows you to live a unique experience. You can access the presidential stage, visit the players’ dressing room, access the playing field and sit on the bench.
The Bernabéu Tour allows you to learn about the history of Real Madrid with a visit to the Exhibition of trophies and thousands of objects of its heritage, such as t-shirts, balls, photos and documents.
In December 2020 in the Santiago Bernabeu began its new and total renewal.
At the end of 2022, when the works are completed, the Real facility will have a retractable lawn, which can be preserved underground and leave room for other sporting events, from basketball to tennis, but also for concerts, congresses and fairs. This jewel of architecture is completed by the resealable roof, to resist atmospheric agents.