Santiago Bernabeu Stadium History & Information

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is home to Real Madrid and the Galacticos. The home field for the Madrid giants is located in the Chamartín district of Madrid. Other landmarks in the Chamartín district include: the Gate of Europe, Chamartín Station, the Cuatro Torres Business Area, and the National Auditorium of Music.

The original facility for Madrid Football Club was built on what was previously a bullring in 1901 and a new structure was erected on O’Donnell street in 1912. Later, President Santiago Bernabéu proposed building a stadium with a capacity for 100,000 fans that was built on the foundations of the old one. In 1947, it was inaugurated as the New Chamartín Stadium and completed seven years later. The facility an initial capacity of 75,145 with 27,645 seated spectators and a standing-only area that could hold another 47,500.

After the first renovation in 1954, the stadium could hold up to 125,000 fans. And in 1955, the stadium was renamed Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to honor the the team president that had initiated its construction. Over the years, construction has increased the height of the stadium from 22 meters to 45 meters at the highest point. The stadium moved to an all-seating arrangement in 1998 that decreased capacity to 75,328. A later expansion increased capacity to 80,354 and, in 2011, seats were added and resulted in a capacity of 85,454. In 2005, the stadium achieved UEFA’s five-star status — one of only five facilities in Spain with this distinction.

On match days, 2500 people work at the stadium. Future plans for the stadium include a new façade plus leisure facilities and integrated restaurants. Additionally, all seats will be covered by the roof and a new parking lot that can hold 1000 vehicles will be built.

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Bernabeu Stadium Tour

For die-hard fans, a Bernabeu stadium tour is available on non-match days from 10:00 to 19:30 Monday-Saturday and 10:30 to 18:30 on Sundays and holidays. On match days, the stadium tours begin five hours before kickoff with no dressing room access. The full stadium tour is comprised of a visit to the trophy room, presidential balcony, players tunnel, benches, coaching area, dressing rooms, press rooms, store along with a chance to walk on the pitch. Admission to the stadium tour is included with the Madrid Card.

Only the Trophy Room is open to visitors starting two hours before kickoff on match days. The Trophy Room features European Cups, Intercontinental Cups, League titles, Spanish Cups, UEFA Cups, plus Spanish and European Super Cups. Included in the trophy exhibition are videos of noteworthy matches, historical kits, pictures of first-team players, along with boots, equipment, and club-related artifacts.

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Bernabeu Seating Chart

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