Real Madrid Given Go Ahead For Incredible €575 Million Bernabeu Redevelopment
The Bernabeu is one of the most recognisable stadiums in world football but Real Madrid's home ground is set to get a big face lift after a €575 million redevelopment plan was given the green light.
By the end of May Madrid will have hosted both the Copa Libertadores and Champions League finals within a few months of each other with the Wanda Metropolitano hosting Europe's centre piece occasion not long after the Bernabeu had to be drafted in to hold the South American's last year.
Atletico Madrid's new stadium has only been used by the team since September 2017 but soon Atleti could see their beautiful new home be overtaken by their neighbours.
The Bernabeu is also a beautiful and iconic stadium but it has been open since 1947 so it's getting a little old. However now it's due to be getting a lick of paint, and a roof.
According Spanish outlet AS the Champions League winners have had their final planning permission accepted for a huge €575 million renovation plan of their ground.
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The paper says that work could take place as soon as the season ends in May and could take up to four years to complete, with a metallic shell, retractable roof and hotel all in the plans.
#RealMadrid plan to upgrade the Santiago Bernabeu by 2022 at a cost of €525m.- Tiny Football Tweets (@TweetsTFT) September 23, 2018
The financing of the plan was approved at the club's annual assembly, with work due to begin on the stadium at the start of next year.#SantiagoBernabeu #RMCF pic.twitter.com/1hwNNdQeLd
Officially: The plan for reconstruction of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium was approved of club members according to AS. pic.twitter.com/bcnRJR9qDB- Madridista-Swedeninho (@MadridstaLoco) September 23, 2018
The changes to the stadium will mean a HUGE change to the capacity in the Spanish capital as it will drop from 80,243 to 80,242, okay that might have been a slight over exaggeration.
Real's rivals Barcelona are also set to undergo a redevelopment of their stadium with work on the Camp Nou to start next summer and reportedly last until 2023.
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Featured Image Credit: AS