During the turn of the century, on a plot of land that belonged to a marble salesman, a group of players planted the seed of what eventually became Madrid Football Club. They moved to a vacant lot next to the old Madrid bullring in 1901. In 1912, they turned yet another vacant lot on O’Donnell Street into the best football pitch in Madrid.
In 1924, after a brief spell at the Ciudad Lineal Cycle Track, the Club decided to build the Old Chamartín Stadium, with capacity for 15,000 people. Real Madrid played there for 23 years.
President Santiago Bernabéu’s proposal of building a stadium with capacity for 100,000 fans was criticised as a Pharaonic undertaking. The new stadium was built on the foundations of the old one. After overcoming several technical and financial difficulties, New Chamartín Stadium was inaugurated in 1947.
New Chamartín was finished seven years after its inauguration, with capacity for 125,000 fans. One year later, its name was changed to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in honour of the greatest President in the history of football. Bernabéu died in 1978, unable to witness the further changes the stadium underwent for the 1982 World Cup.
The stadium’s atmosphere is unparalleled. The Club has been able to mix the best elements of the greatest stadiums in the world with a Latin touch in order to adapt the venue to our necessities.
The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is set to become one of the most modern football venues in the planet. It's façade will be modified to feature a state-of-the-art design and the venue itself will have leisure facilites and restaurants integrated in its structure. President Florentino Perez described the ambitious project as "providing our stadium with an outer skin that will be a crowning architectural achievement. The Bernabeu has to become a unique stadium, the best in the world, and the crowning achievement of 21st Century stadium architrecture." The Bernabeu has been the place where Madridistas have...
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