The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is the home of football club Real Madrid and is one of the most iconic football stadia in the world. The stadium was opened in 1947 and currently has a maximum capacity of 81,044.
The stadium was ordered in 1944 after the bank granted credit to Santiago Bernabeu who was one of the club officials, for a new stadium to be built. In September of that year architects Manuel Muñoz Monasterio and Luis Alemany Soler were hired and the structure on the site began to give way to the new stadium, with construction work beginning in October 1944. The stadium was completed and opened in 1947 with a capacity of around 75,000. Since then the stadium has seen many renovations with it being expanded to hold 125,000 in the 50s. The stadium was then forced to be renovated to fit regulations to hold the 1982 World Cup, these renovations saw the capacity reduced and a roof added to the stadium; the final of the tournament was held at the Bernabeu. The stadium saw more renovations through the 90s and 00s with stands being rebuilt to fit the new health and safety regulations and most recently executive boxes being added and new facades on the outer perimeter of the building, with the capacity, now set at 81,044. It was the host of 2010 Champions League Final.
The stadium is situated in the city, making it quite appealing to visitors with a large choice of local bars and restaurants. The stadium is accessible by the city's subway system with the ‘Santiago Bernabeu’ station being the stadiums own subway station. Buses also travel to the stadium with 14, 27, 40, 43, 120, 147 and 150 all passing close to the stadium.
Opening Times and Admission
The stadium runs a tour in which you will be given an all-access experience, it costs 25 euros for adults with discounted prices for concessions and lasts around an hour and a half. The tour runs every day apart from religious holidays, the tour times are from 10 am to 7 pm on Monday to Saturday and Sundays 10:30 am to 6.30pm. Attending a Real Madrid game is the other way to see this sight, tickets can be bought from the clubs ticket office at the stadium or online.