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Estadio Santiago Bernabeu: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium officially opened with a match against Portuguese champions OS Belenenses.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Sunday, 03.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

In the early parts of the 20th century, Real Madrid played at Campo de ODonnell and then moved to the larger Campo de Chamartín in 1924. In 1943, Madrid needed a new stadium. Chamartin had already become too small again, and club-president Santiago Bernabéu decided that a 100,000-stadium was the answer.

Construction on the new Santiago Bernabéu Stadium began in 1945 and it officially opened on December 14, 1947 with a match against Portuguese champions OS Belenenses (3-1).

Eight years after the stadium was originally called Nuevo Estadio Chamartin, it received the name of the club-president.

At the time, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium only had two uncovered tiers that could hold just over 75,000 spectators. Capacity was further increased to 125,000 in 1954 when one of the long sides got expanded with a third tier.

The Bernabéu was together with Camp Nou playing venue of the Euro 1964 Championships. It hosted one of the two semi-finals and the final between Spain and the Soviet Union (2-1).

By the end of the 1970s, the stadium was starting to age and club officials began to make plans to build a new stadium in the north of the city.

However, it was decided to renovate the Bernabéu including the construction of a roof over the three two-tiered stands and the installation of seats in half of the stadium. As a result, capacity was reduced to 90,800 places.

During the 1982 World Cup, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu hosted three matches in Group Stage 2 and the final between Italy and West Germany (3-1).

The Club President Mendoza started an extensive redevelopment program that included extending the third tier over the entire stadium, the creation of corporate facilities, and four access towers in each corner of the stadium. The works started in 1992 and were completed two years later.

Santiago Bernabéu Stadium underwent a comprehensive refurbishment from 2001 to 2006. The majority of the work focused on improving corporate facilities and was completed in 2006 with the construction of a roof over the one remaining uncovered stand.

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium has hosted four European Cup and Champions League finals. The first was in 1957 between Real Madrid and Fiorentina (2-0), the second in 1969 between AC Milan and Ajax (4-1), the third in 1980 between Nottingham Forest and Hamburg (1-0), and the last one in 2010 between Internazionale and Bayern Munich (2-0).

An investigation by the European Union into the granting of illegal state aid resulted in the project being put on hold in 2013. The Madrid city council later rejected the design, leading to four architects presenting their designs and the winner being chosen later that year.

This allowed them to complete the project ahead of schedule. Real Madrid announced in 2019 that they were going to start work on a new stadium, and that it would take two-and-a-half years for the project to be completed. However, when Covid-19 hit in 2020, matches had to be played behind closed doors. This accelerated the work on the stadium, and by moving their home games to Estadio Alfredo de Stefano of their reserve team, Real Madrid were able to finish the project ahead of schedule.

(photos of the present Estadio Santiago Bernabéu below)

How to get to the Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is located in central Madrid on the Paseo de la Castellana, one of Madrid's principal avenues. The stadium lies about 4 kilometers north of the Plaza de Cibeles, where the Paseo de la Castellana originates. It is a similar distance from Puerta del Sol, one of Madrid's main squares. The stadium can be reached by Metro line 10. The stop Santiago Bernabeu is located right next to the stadium. In the center, Metro line 10 can be caught by Plaza de España or Tribunales, but it can also be reached with a transfer (e.g. line 1 from Puerta del Sol or Atocha train station).

If traveling from Atocha, Paseo del Prado, or Plaza de Cibeles, one can take bus 14 or 27 to get to the stadium. If traveling from Atocha, take bus 14 in the direction of Avenida Pio XII. It passes the stadium on the Paseo La Habana.

From there, continue on foot until reaching the monument to the captain of the vanguard. From metro station Callao in the city centre, take bus 147 in the direction of Barrio del Pilar and get off at Plaza Lima. From there, continue on foot until reaching the monument to the captain of the vanguard.

From there it is a short walk to the Templo Mayor. From Puerta del Sol, take bus 150 in the direction of Colonia Virgen del Cortijo. Again, get off at Plaza Lima. From there, it is a short walk to the Templo Mayor.

Address: Avenida de Concha Espina 1, Madrid

Eat, drink, and sleep near the Bernabeu

The stadium is on a loop surrounded by closed-circuit television cameras, and there are also patrolled entrances and exits. The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is located on the Paseo de la Castellana avenue, one of Madrid's principal arteries. The area around the stadium is a mix of mostly offices, shops, and residential buildings. However, there are enough bars and coffee shops mixed in to find something to eat or drink. There are also patrolled entrances and exits surrounding the stadium. As you walk south, the number of bars and restaurants increases. Most nightlife is located in the northern parts of the centre.

There are many hotels near the Bernabeu. The Holiday Inn Madrid, AC Hotel Aitana, and Rafaelhoteles Orense are all close but have mixed reviews.

Among the Espahotel Plaza Basílica, Hotel Gran Atlanta, Hostal Falfes, Hostal Los Ángeles, and Sunotel Amaral are some of the best hotels in the city. They are all close to several metro stations and tend to be reasonably priced between 50 Euros and 100 Euros per night. Additionally, they are all within 20 minutes walking distance of the Spanish capital's most famous stadium - the Bernabeu.

If you're looking for a place to stay near Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, these are your options. There are a few hotels close to the stadium, but if you wish to stay in the city centre or elsewhere, there are many other options available.

Real Madrid Tickets

Tickets for Real Madrid games can be bought online, at the ticket windows of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, or through Ticketmaster. Tickets that are bought online can be picked up at the printing kiosks at the stadium.

Tickets for regular matches generally go on sale in the week before the match, while tickets for VIP matches are available earlier. There is generally not much reason to buy a VIP ticket as Real Madrid only sell out a few high-profile matches per season and tickets for most matches are easily available if bought in advance.

The likes of viagogo and Stubhub offer good choice and tend to be reliable, though can be expensive. Prices for regular matches tend to be fairer though or even lower than face value and can offer an alternative for those wanting to book their tickets longer in advance.

Prices for tickets to watch the match vary depending on the opponent, with seats starting at around ?30 US.

Stadium tours

Real Madrid offers self-guided stadium tours in which you follow a route through the stadium. The route includes the dugouts, presidential box, press room, changing rooms, players' tunnel and trophy room, and ends in the club shop. The stadium opens Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm and on Sundays and holidays from 10:30am to 6pm. On match days the tour is open until 5 hours before kickoff (though with limited access).

No reservation required, though the tour can be booked online. The entrance costs $25.00 with additional premium options available.

Photos of the Bernabeu

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Useful websites

Realmadrid.com is the official website of Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, commonly known as Real Madrid. Esmadrid.com is the official guide for the city of Madrid. Metromadrid.com is travel information for the Madrid metro. Emtmadrid.es is Madrid public transport information. R The atmosphere at the game was good, but it was quite relaxed in comparison to the big British derbies. The stadium is splendid, but it's starting to look a bit dated. And the upcoming renovation is needed. It would be a must if you are in Madrid and can get a ticket.

Although the atmosphere was good, I thought it was quite relaxed in comparison to the big British derbies. The stadium is superb, but it looks a bit dated and the upcoming renovation is needed. A must if you are in Madrid and can get a ticket.

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Hi!

I have just read your stadium review and I am happy to see that it is very comprehensive. However, there is some recent information I would like to let you notice so that you may be able to correct them and prevent further users from being misinformed about the current and future condition of the stadium.

The last step is said to be done in a matter of weeks or months so that construction work would start in summer 2018 and be finally finished in mid-2020. Once we are authorized to renovate the Bernabéu and manage to finish the renovation, we could be talking about one of the best stadiums in the world (if not the best).

The renovation of the stadium will not interrupt football-related activity in the stadium. Work will be done in winter and summer breaks so that the stadium will always be ready to host matches except for those periods of time. Apart from that, the renovation will also affect Esquina del Bernabéu shopping center: it will be completely demolished to build a new 6000 Sq Plaza de los Sagrados Corazones and another green zone will be opened between the stadium and Paseo de La Castellana.

That's pretty much all that was needed to say. With this renovation, the stadium will be a beautiful architectural jewel and a Mecca for football fans. I think it would be a great idea to add information about the design description, capacity distribution, and local and fan opinions on the stadium to the page.

AoD, musician and pure-blooded madridista

Dixie wrote: I think the best stadium in the world is the 85,000-seat AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. I've seen Madrid play there six times and it's always an incredible experience. The tour is another great experience. I can't wait to see the new stadium - it would have to be mindblowing to beats out the existing one.

The best stadium in the world is perfect in size and close to the pitch, which gives it an incredible enclosed sensation. The tour is another incredible experience, and I can't wait to see the new stadium. If it is as amazing as the old one, it would be mindblowing.

Wojciech wrote on October 19, 2015 at 6:25 pm: I went to watch Real Madrid play Malaga again. Unfortunately, it ended in a 0-0 draw. I bought my ticket at one of the ticket windows before the game. It's worth mentioning that free match day programmes are available from inside the stadium. The support wasn't great, but the stadium itself is beautiful and well worth visiting.

I went to see Real Madrid play Malaga in a match that ended in a draw. I bought my ticket at one of the ticket windows before the game. The support wasn't very good, but the stadium is beautiful and worth visiting on free match day.

The stadium is incredibly vast and even if you are seated at the very top, you can still see everything going on as the upper tiers go up. The support from Real fans was good, but Ajax fans were amazing! The stadium is a great place to visit.

The most beautiful stadium I have been to is great location. I went to watch Real Madrid against Ajax in Champions League. Bought the ticket at the ground for 35 Euros. It is massive and even if you are sat at the very top you still manage to see everything as the upper tiers go up rather than up and back.

Youssef wrote: I was there on 14/03/2012 CL game against CSKA Moscow. The game wasn't that exiting, but it is the most beautiful stadium in the world, with the same infrastructure as AC Milan. Just like the twin stadiums I also was in Milan for a stadium tour which was also beautiful. I definitely plan to go back this season to Real and perhaps watch a game of AC Milan as well.

I attended the CL game between CSKA Moscow on March 14, 2012. Although the game wasn't particularly exciting, it is unquestionably one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. Just like the two stadiums I toured in Milan - AC Milan's San Siro and Internazionale's Allianz Stadium - it has an impressive infrastructure. I definetly plan to return this season to Real Madrid and watch a game at AC Milan as well.

atmosphere, hot dogs and nachos, delicious cotton candy and a great time Dylan Mallett wrote: 5 December 2013 at 8:36 PM You do visit the home dressing room and the freedom of the tour adds to the excitement, wonderful stadium atmosphere, hot dogs and nachos, delicious cotton candy and a great time.

and gorgeous players. You visit the home dressing room and the freedom of the tour adds to the excitement. The wonderful stadium and gorgeous players are also impressive.

Graham wrote: 25 November 2012 at 9:22pm I agree, it's a wonderful stadium and right in the city center. In some ways it's like St. James Park in Newcastle, except it seats 80,000 plus and the climate is better!!! I watched Real come back to win against Espanyol and the atmosphere was electric - the match ended around 11:30pm then on to a few bars and back to hotel in time for breakfast.

I think the stadium is wonderful and right in the city centre. In some ways, it's similar to St James Park in Newcastle – except that it seats 80,000 people plus and the climate is better! I enjoyed watching Real come back to win against Espanyol, and the atmosphere was electric - the match ended around 11:30pm, then we went out to bars afterwards and returned to our hotel in time for breakfast.

I saw RM v Espanyol and the atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic. They had heaters warming the fans from the stand above, so even though it was cold I had to shed some layers.

The stadium is huge and has a lot of atmosphere.

The Bernabeu is a great stadium to visit in Madrid! I watched Real Madrid play against Real Zaragoza there last year (2011) and they lost by three goals, but it was still an amazing experience. I loved the singing from the Ultras Sur end, and I highly recommend visiting the Bernabeu if you're in Madrid - it's a huge stadium and it's fantastic! I did a stadium tour on the day I left Madrid, and am going back there this year (2012) to watch another Real Madrid match - this time they're playing Sporting de Gijon. I hope they win this time!

The Santiago Bernabeu is a great stadium to visit when you're in Madrid! I watched Real Madrid play against Real Zaragoza at the Bernabeu last year (2011) and they lost 3-2 but still the experience of watching Real Madrid was amazing and fantastic! I loved the singing from the Ultras Sur end! I really recommend visiting the Bernabeu if you're in Madrid because it's a big stadium and it's amazing! I did the stadium tour as well on the day I was leaving Madrid! I'm going back to Madrid and the Bernabeu this year (2012) to watch another Real Madrid match and they play against Sporting de Gijon this time! I hope they win this time and not lose!.

She was knowledgeable and engaging, and her explanations of the history and intricacies of the club were both interesting and enlightening. The tour at Manchester United is much better in these respects. I had an excellent tour guide, Marianne. She was knowledgeable and engaging, and her explanations of the history and intricacies of the club were both interesting and enlightening.

She was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. Furthermore, the tour was well organized and ran smoothly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a fun and informative experience.

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