Real Madrid have unveiled detailed plans for a major redevelopment of their Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
The revamped stadium will spread over 66,000m2 and feature leisure and entertainment facilities. The venue will have a retractable roof as well as a 360-degree ‘halo’ videoboard.
It will also have a surrounding skin of steel bands to allow images to be projected on to the exterior surface of the stadium.
The stadium will become a “great technological platform” serving to engage with fans and starring in a digital transformation, club president Florentino Pérez said at a press conference to announce the plans. He said:
This event is the definitive start of the countdown to launch an authentic architectural innovation in our stadium. A Santiago Bernabéu stadium that will become a great avant-garde and universal icon. Located in the heart of Madrid, it will be the best stadium in the world. We are facing one of the great projects of the future for Real Madrid and, of course, it will be also for the city of Madrid.
The new stadium will present an immersive and avant-garde image thanks to a skin of steel bands and variable lines that will allow to illuminate and project images. A project that includes a fixed and retractable roof over the playing field and that will allow all locations to be protected.
Our future naturally involves a new Santiago Bernabéu stadium, a reference of the 21st century. A modern, avant-garde stadium, with maximum comfort and safety, with state-of-the-art technology, where fans can experience unique sensations and also be a new and important source of income for the club.
He said the project will become a key piece for the Real Madrid of the future, but also for the city of Madrid, adding:
And it will be because the new Santiago Bernabéu stadium, located in the heart of Madrid, will be the best stadium in the world. More modern, more comfortable, safer and designed for entertainment, with new areas of leisure and catering and where the most advanced technology will be key for fans to live new experiences.
The transformation is expected to begin this summer and cost around €500 million.