Real Madrid To Play Remaining Games Away From Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid are to play their remaining home games away from the Santiago Bernabeu when football does eventually return.
Los Blancos are temporarily moving to the Alfredo di Stefano stadium - where the club's Castilla outfit play their home games - as they look to make significant developments to the iconic Bernabeu.
With La Liga fixtures being played behind closed doors once football returns, Real see it as a perfect opportunity to get ahead of themselves with work on the expansion right through to September.
According to Edu Pidal from the El Transistor radio show in Spain, Real will also begin next season playing at their secondary stadium and have adapted the stadium lighting to allow 4K television broadcasting.
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The mini-stadium was opened in 2006 and is based part of the club's state-of-the-art training complex. Though its capacity is much smaller at 6,000 and it will be bizarre seeing Real play regularly at such a small ground, the pitch dimensions are exactly the same as the Bernabeu.
In regards to the Bernabeu, some serious renovation is underway as Real look to update the dated design and give it a new lease of life.
A removable roof, a metallic silver skin that will enable to the stadium to well and truly shine in the scorching sun, and private boxes are some of the high-profile adjustments in place for the 73-year old stadium.
The capacity of the stadium will be reduced by ONE to 80,242 - with the expansion bringing the total space over 66,000 square metres.
It's been reported that shops, restaurants and a hotel will be added, with Real hopeful of completing the project by 2022.
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