‘The miracle of the Bernabeu’: Real Madrid have their construction-site stadium READY for the team’s return this Sunday, after round-the-clock work that ‘seemed impossible’ to allow 30,000 fans inside
- Real Madrid are are set to return to the Bernabeu vs Celta Vigo on September 12
- Los Blancos have been playing at their reserve team stadium during renovations
- Construction work has been taking place around the clock at iconic venue
- And 30,000 lucky fans will be the first allowed to watch their side at home again
- Round-the-clock effort from construction workers was described as a ‘miracle’
Real Madrid will be home at last this Sunday when they finally return to their iconic – and new-look stadium, the Bernabeu.
The glamour boys of the Spanish game have been forced to play at the 6000-capacity Alfredo di Stefano stadium but a glorious return is just around the corner.
There had been serious fears that Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Celta Vigo would come too soon but a ‘miraculous’ round-the-clock effort from construction workers mean 30,000 lucky fans will see just how far building costs of £693.3million have gone.
The turf has been put in and even though it will not be finished, the Bernabeu will host Real Madrid against after a monumental construction effort
30,000 supporters will be allowed to watch the game due to Covid and building regulations
The finished product will be what Florentino Perez called the most ‘spectacular’ stadium
Only weeks ago the stadium looked a mess but Real Madrid will finally be returning to the Bernabeu for their LaLiga clash with Celta Vigo on Sunday night
Originally, 50,000 supporters were going to be allowed in but Covid restrictions have reduced that number. When finished, the venue will be able to hold 81,000.
And although the Bernabeu is in a fit state to host matches again, there are still the finishing touches to be completed and the final nail should be hammered in by January next year.
The fact that the stadium is hosting a game on Sunday was described by Marca as a ‘miracle’ that had ‘seemed impossible’.
One major aesthetic change for fans to glimpse for the first time is the retractable roof skeleton.
Having demolished two of the previous towers, the new ones are operational, though not entirely finished while key areas such as the dressing room PA system and press area are done and dusted.
A huge team of workers have been toiling around the clock to get things in shape in time
A ‘miraculous’ construction effort has taken place after parts of the ground were demolished
The sleek new-look will have a modern feel and the new ground will be state-of-the-art
The south and west stands still need some surgery and will be covered by sheeting during the first few home games back at the Bernabeu.
Real took advantage of the pandemic in starting work on their world famous ground last year while playing at the usual home of their reserve side.
And while many hoped work would be done in time for the start of this campaign, the start date had to be pushed due to delays.
Club president Florentino Perez boasted that the Bernabeu will be ‘the most modern and spectacular stadium in the world’ and Sunday’s 8:00pm kick-off will be a landmark occasion.
This mocked-up shot of the Bernabeu and surrounding skyline shows how stunning it will be
Madrid have been playing at their Castilla stadium for more than a year during renovations
While the capacity of the ground has not been increased, the height has gone up by 10 metres to accommodate the roof, which should help lock in a cacophonous atmosphere.
The transformation has been significant with an incredible amount of work going in to give the Bernabeu a much-needed face-lift.
The lifting of a 144-metre, 800-tonne mega-truss and the movement of the roof structure on the east side was one of the more major feats.
An underground car park has replaced what was previously a shopping centre and will be where the team buses arrive.
This rendered image shows the futuristic aesthetic fans will be able to see when it is finished
The building process has of course been further complicated by Covid restrictions for construction staff, with strict measures put in place to protect those working on the project.
And while the Bernabeu may lack a wow factor at the moment, rendered images of how it will look show just how stunning it will be by 2022.
For now though, those fortunate 30,000 fans on Sunday night will play their part on a momentous day for Real.
Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping the boost of spectacular surroundings will elevate the performances of his players after they missed out of the title under Zinedine Zidane’s management last term.
Barcelona will come to town next March and the stadium should be fully completed by then for what could be an incredible Clasico.