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Santiago Bernabéu


  • Capacity: 81,044

  • Record Attendance: 129,690 (Real Madrid v. Milan, 19 April 1956)

  • Address: Av. de Concha Espina, 1, 28036 Madrid, Spain

  • Year Ground Opened: 14 December 1947

  • Construction Cost: €1,732,943

  • Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards

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The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. It is the 2nd-largest stadium in Spain and the largest in the Community of Madrid.

The Santiago Bernabéu is one of the world's most famous football venues. It has hosted the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980, 2010. The final matches for the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup, were also held at the Bernabéu, making it the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA Euro final and a FIFA World Cup final.

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The Bernabéu is the quintessential modern stadium that is built in a ‘Bowl Style’ rather the old school ‘English Style’ of having four distinct stands on each side of the pitch. The stadium is still basically four-sided, however, so here’s a little bit of information about each side:

Fonde Nord - The North Stand is, like the rest of the stadium, massive. It’s so big, in fact, that when it was originally expanded in the mid-1990s the pitch suffered due to a lack of light. Away fans normally sit in the North-East corner of the ground.

Lateral Este - The East Stand was expanded and renovated between 2001 and 2006, costing around €127 million. That’s more than the ground originally cost to build.

Fondo Sur - The South Stand is also considered to be the stadium’s main stand even though it has the smallest capacity of all sections within the ground. It’s where the dugouts are, though, as well as the changing rooms and a large section of executive seating.

Lateral Oeste - This is pretty much a replica of The North Stand and is behind the other goal.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is in central Madrid on the Paseo de la Castellana, one of Madrid’s principal avenues. The stadium lies about 4 kilometres north of the Plaza de Cibeles.

The stadium is best reached by metro line 10. Stop Santiago Bernabeu lies right next to the stadium. In the centre, line 10 can be caught at Plaza de España or Tribunales but can otherwise be reached with a transfer (e.g. line 1 from Puerta del Sol or Atocha train station).

From Atocha, Paseo del Prado, or Plaza de Cibeles one can also take bus 14 or 27 to get to the stadium. Take bus 14 in the direction of Avenida Pio XII. It passes the stadium on the Paseo La Habana. Take bus 27 in the direction of Plaza de Castilla, and get off at Plaza Lima, right in front of the stadium.

From metro station Callao in the city centre, one can take bus 147. Take the bus in the direction of Barrio del Pilar and get off at Plaza Lima. From Puerta del Sol one can take bus 150 in the direction of Colonia Virgen del Cortijo. Again, get off at Plaza Lima.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is located on the large tree lined 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, but there are enough bars and coffee shops mixed in to find something to eat or drink.

La Esquina del Bernabéu is a shopping centre built directly adjacent to the stadium and offers a small food court and some fast food outlets. A little further south is a branch of the El Corte Inglés department store chain. The number of bars and restaurants increase while you walk south in the direction of Madrid’s centre. Most nightlife is in the northern parts of the centre.

I have been to Santiago Bernabéu once. Below was the result:

  • Saturday 23rd November 2019 (v Real Sociedad), won 3-1
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