Real resume work on Bernabéu face-lifting


Real Madrid Bernabeu update April 2020 Image: Real Madrid

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has resumed work on the reconfiguration of its residenceEstadio Santiago Bernabéu. Throughout the 2019-20 seasons, work was on to modify or pull down existing parts of the stadium, but the same was suspended in March end due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has left Spain agonized along with the rest of the world. Spain’s coronavirus cases stands to date at 236,899 and the fatalities – 24,275.

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home facility of Real Madrid since it opened doors in 1947. It is the second largest stadium in Spain and the largest in the community of Madrid.

During this time, the Bernabéu has been employed as a hub for the supply and distribution of strategic medical supplies as part of the initiative to combat COVID-19 in Spain’s capital city Madrid.

To date, the redecoration work has concentrated on Bernabéu’s four columns, the commercial and shopping space, roof and private boxes. With work resuming recently, media reports stated that revamp attention will soon turn to a part of the stadium that has become famous under the President of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez. The T4 area of the Bernabéu has been the scene for the presentation of Real’s star signings in recent years, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Eden Hazard, but is now set to be torn down.

In May 2019, Real awarded Spanish building and infrastructure company FCC Construcción the contract to handle the face-lifting of Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. At the time, Real said the timeframe required to refurbish the Bernabéu was 39 months, meaning it would be over by August 2022, plus an extra four months would be required to spruce up the stadium’s exterior.

The redevelopment work will be on parallelly with the normal sporting calendar and the stadium’s other activities, but with work having started last summer, the delivery date is reported to have slipped to October 2022.

Real struck the deal with FCC Construcción following the former giving the nod to a financing package for the redevelopment of the Bernabéu, with US financial services giants J.P. Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to lead the €575m (£502.4m/$628.8m) loan.

Madrid boss Pérez provided an update on the plans earlier in April 2019. Real Madrid is planning to refurbish the 81,044-seat stadium, which has been its home arena since 1947.


T4 which is set to be bulldozed soon is one of the great symbols of the Madrid venue. The T4 was the image of the progress of Real Madrid when Pérez took over the reins.

Soccer giants like Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema or Kaká knows what it means to step on T4 and that boardroom when signing their contract as Madridistas. Representatives also passed by stealthily, without anyone seeing them through those opaque crystals inward and transparent outward, which served to shape all kinds of operations and meetings.

Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo played for Real Madrid from 2009-2018. The professional footballer now plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus (Italian football club) and captains the Portugal national team.

Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the French national team. Brazilian retired professional footballer Ricardo Kaká played for Real Madrid in 2009. He hung up his boots in December 2017.

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