Inside Real Madrid’s ‘futuristic’ Bernabeu as the stadium converts to all sports
A new video has been released that takes viewers inside Real Madrid’s futuristic upgrades at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which will allow the club to host multiple sports.
According to the video, the La Liga giants will be able to host NFL, NBA and tennis matches, as well as concerts and exhibitions.
Club president Florentino Perez has secured more than Â£ 400million in funding to fund the renovations, with construction starting in fall 2019.
Plans were intensified when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, with 1,000 workers coming to the site around the clock as the first team played their matches at the club’s training ground.
The work is ambitious to say the least, with the addition of a retractable roof and the increase in capacity to 81,000.
Although Real are back at the Bernabeu, the job shouldn’t be finished until the end of next season.
The video begins by showing the exterior of the ground, with a futuristic silver skin, which will use twice as much shiny steel as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.
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Viewers are then taken inside the pitch lobby, along with the adidas club store, before seeing an aerial view of the pitch.
The pitch will eventually be retractable, separated into six different sections and stored on top of each other in a newly dug cave 35 meters deep under the east stand.
Underneath will be an artificial surface, with video showing how the stadium can be configured to host exhibitions and concerts.
He then shows how the field can be split in two, with one part set up to host and an NBA game, with a temporary booth, basketball court, and big screen all created.
The video shows the other half set up for a clay tennis match, with the big screen moving across.
A fourth sport can also be played, with an artificial field set up to host an NFL game.
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The normal football pitch is then shown being moved up through a series of elevators, before attention turns back to the stands.
At the top of the stands, a plush VIP area will be installed, with large screens also in place for every fan to see.
In addition to all this, the Bernabeu will also host a large shopping area, an improved club museum and five-story underground parking, as well as places for recreation and dining.