The Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home to the world-renowned Real Madrid football club, has a rich history of on-field success. However, despite this pedigree, the stadium was in need of a major upgrade. Real Madrid sought a solution that would provide cutting-edge amenities and enable year-round events, all while allowing existing sports fixtures to continue as scheduled. This is where the Santiago Bernabéu redevelopment project comes in.
To convert the old 1947 infrastructure into a modern digital stadium, the club proposed a complete renovation including the development of the latest sports and audiovisual technologies, The new stadium includes a retractable roof, a 360-degree video scoreboard, and a surround ‘skin’ of steel bands to allow images to be projected onto the stadium’s surface. The transformation of the stadium into a true icon of the Spanish capital had a final budget of around 900 million euros. The complex, scheduled for completion by 2023, will extend over 66,000 square metres and feature leisure and entertainment facilities.
In addition to the technological advancements, the project would add 150,000 square meters of commercial space in the heart of the capital’s financial centre. The materials in the new roof and facades are composed of an environmentally sustainable stainless steel material, an example of a circular economy design that is one hundred per-cent recyclable and serves several functions – including reducing noise and light pollution. It also includes a new skywalk with stunning 360 degree views. This “skin” on the retractable roof will also act as an insulator and temperature regulator, reducing reliance on 1,300 heaters in Winter, which will be replaced by electric solar powered models.
The most impressive feat of the Santiago Bernabéu redevelopment project was the successful implementation of a retractable pitch system, which had never been used in a football stadium before. The system consists of rectangular turf divided into trays that can be stored in a hypogeum located underneath the stadium. This innovative solution allows for the freeing up of the field’s surface, providing 10,000 square meters of space for Real Madrid’s business area to host events and concerts while also protecting the sacred soccer pitch.
Once completed, the new Santiago Bernabéu Real Madrid Football Club and stadium will be a game-changer, setting the standard for modern football stadiums worldwide. It will be a testament to Real Madrid’s commitment to excellence on and off the field and will solidify its position as one of the most innovative football clubs and conference and event facility in the world.