Madrid is very famous for its great monuments, squares, streets and its museums but everyone who is a football fan when they talk about Madrid thinks of one of the main clubs in the world, Real Madrid and its stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu.
This spectacular stadium is also one of the jewels of Madrid’s architecture and one with the most history on its pitch.
It was inaugurated in 1947 and the European Cup, Champions League, European Championship and even World Cup finals have been played here.
A little history of the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
The stadium was inaugurated with the name of Chamartín, after the neighborhood where it is located.
At that time it could accommodate 75,000 spectators although they had to stand and uncovered.
Until 1955 it did not adopt the name of Santiago Bernabéu in honor of the president of Real Madrid.
After various reforms, it came to have a capacity for 125,000 spectators, although almost everyone had to stand. The regulations forced everyone to be seated and capacity was reduced to the current 80,000 spectators.
Throughout history, great moments have been experienced on its pitch, such as the 1964 European Championship final or the 1982 World Cup in Spain. And not only has football been seen at the Santiago Bernabéu, as important concerts have been held at the.
Do the Tour of the Bernabéu to visit the stadium
Whether you are a football fan or not, you will love doing the Tour of the Bernabéu.
It is a visit organized by Real Madrid itself with which you will be able to discover all the ins and outs of the stadium and feel like just another footballer.
The first part of the visit consists of having a panoramic view of the stadium by going up one of its panoramic elevators and thus getting a general idea of the magnitude of the building.
Later the visit goes to the most important place in the stadium and where the entire history of the club is summarized, the Trophy Room, where you can see the 9 European Cups, the Leagues, the Uefa Cups, the historical kits and many more. Photographs. And not only from the football section but also from the basketball section.
Of course, you will also have the opportunity to visit the Changing Room Tunnel and the Benches to feel like Cristiano Ronaldo before visiting the Field of Play and find out what footballers feel when they find themselves in front of the eyes of 80,000 people.
The visit is completed with a visit to the Box, the most exclusive place in the Santiago Bernabéu, and the Press Room.
You can find more information on the official website of Real Madrid.