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Madrid and football are almost inseparable duo, in fact football is taken as a serious business here. The city is a base for the famous Real Madrid football club and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium plays an important part in nurturing the now-successful team. Whether you're a diehard fan of Real Madrid or simply a general football fans, visiting Santiago Bernabeu Stadium should be in your priority list. The stadium is afterall have become a very important witness of many Real Madrid football matches that nurture the football club into what it is today.
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, A Place Where Sport Legends Are Born
Santiago Bernabeu stadium’s established can be traced back on 22 June 1944 where Banco Mercantil e Industrial Bank granted a credit to a former Real Madrid football player Santiago Bernabeu de Yeste and Rafael Salgado, which they used to purchase a land right next to the old Ramin Amin building. They hired Manuel Munoz Monasterio and Luis Alemany Soler on 5th September 1944 to design a football stadium for the Real Madrid. The construction project took place on October 27th 1944.
Since its first establishment, Santiago Bernabeu have went through numerous renovations in the following years. The first major renovation took place in 1955. The stadium was expanded so it could hold about 125,000 spectactors. In that year the stadium become the biggest stadium structure for the European Club held in the same year. It also received its current name to honor Santiago Bernabeu, the president and also the most influential figure in Real Madrid’s history.
First fact you should know about Santiago Bernabeu is that the football stadium is a UEFA-classified Elite Stadium, it is also obtained its 5-stars rate in 2007. The stadium boast its 85,454 capacity for spectactors, and you can bet most of the time it is full house. Especially since most major football games are held here, few of them are UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League, Spain's Premier League, and FIFA World Cup in 1982.
While Santiago Bernabeu is mostly known as football match venue, in regular days the stadium is also open for curious tourists. Most tourists enjoy to view the spacious green field and imagine their favorite football stars in action. View the tribune from ground level and hear echo of more than 80,000 White Hearts supporters inside your head. You can also enjoy a rare view of the whole field from the exclusive VIP Presidential Balcony. You'll get to walk along the players' tunnel, pretending that you're a player just returned from fierce football match. They also open free access to coaching area and dressing room. You won’t miss a chance to pose near your favorite player’s locker, will you? Head to the press room where most after-match interviews are being held.
Nearby, you will also find Real Madrid museum, trophies room, and tribute hall dedicated to the club legend and president Don Alfredo di Stefano. You’ll get to see various trophies and medals given to the athletes and the president himself for winning a lot of competition since their first establishment in 1902.The exhibitions also include the players’ shirt uniforms, balls, and all forms of photographs and documentations. It is like a fun way to learn more about Real Madrid’s history. There are also interactive screens displaying interesting informations and guide about each tourist attractions inside the stadium.
Don't forget to keep an eye to Real Madrid football matches being held from time to time. The tickets are limited, so will have to as swift as a hawk to purchase one. That way you'll be able to see live performance of Real Madrid in its glory.
How to Get Tickets?
Purchasing tickets online will not only allow you to conveniently skip the lines (especially during big matches), you might also catch some interesting discount offers. Discounts are applied for Madridistas (Real Madrid's fans).
How To Get Around?
Getting around Santiago Bernabeu is fairly easy. While the stadium is spacious, all attractions inside are within walking distance. Santaigo Bernabeu is also strategically located among some of interesting Madrid attractions such as Paseo de la Castellana, La Vienesa, and Kenika Thai Massage.
What Should I Wear?
Wear any clothes you're comfortable in, be it casual, feminine, or even sporty. If you're attending Real Madrid game, you might want to invest some money on some Real Madrid hat or scarf and wear them! You might stand out as one of Madridistas, though it's not like it's a bad thing at all.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Santiago Bernabeu is during Real Madrid's match. You'll get to cheer on your favorite team with more than 80,000 people.
Will I Need a Guide?
Santiago Bernabeu tour is pretty much self-guided tour so guide is not necessary. However, if you want to get better insights about the stadium and also about Real Madrid football club, we advise you to join in a guided tour.
How To Get There?
Best way to reach Santiago Bernabeu is by taking a taxi, the taxi driver will take you to the stadium in no time. Though you can also take a much affordable way by taking a metro bus. Alight at Avenida de America Metro Station, take metro train to Nueyos MInistreious station. From the station, take a 5-minutes walk to Santiago Bernabeu stadium.