By Adebayo Williams
Real Madrid’s home grounds Santiago Bernabeu will undergo a 400 million euro makeover at the end of the season. The works had been stalled by a High Court ruling last year but a revised project has now been presented by the club president Florentino Perez and Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena. The new design, done by German architects, GMP Arckitekten and Catalan design companies L35 and Ribas&Ribas, will feature a retractable roof design. The new design, however, does not plan increasing the current sitting capacity of 81,000. Madrid will look for a sponsor to part fund the project and with the sponsor having their name tagged on the end of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium name. The retractable roof the stadium will also boast a 360 degree electronic scoreboard running around its perimeter.
Perez revealed that the new stadium will take three years to be completed and will have light images rolling day and night in the stadium’s LED covering. The club’s museum will increase in size with many of the offices being moved to the Valdebebas training complex alongside the capital’s main airport.
The new roof will keep the rain out although that will not be its principal advantage to the club. Madrid only receives around 17 inches of rain in a year – London receives 22 inches – but a ‘soft-top stadium offers more space for advertisting – and is a potential home for the eventual stadium sponsor’s name.