The history of soccer in Real Madrid dates back to the early 1900’s. Recently, they were voted as the 20th century’s best club by the soccer head FIFA. They have a bunch of extremely talented soccer players.
Much earlier, the Viejo Chamartín Stadium was where this team played. The plays were shifted to Santiago Bernabéu upon its construction in 1947, and are there till date. The name of the Santiago Bernabéu is given to it as the builder was of the same name. it is believed to be the finest Real Madrid Stadium ever seen.
There have been many upgradation in the stadium, and the most noticeable is the new lifts which takes the viewers to the stadium’s top, giving them a great view. Besides, the upgradations have also resulted in a stylish look to the stadium. Renovation works took place first in 1954, then in 1982, again in 1993 and then in 2003. This last one was putting up a cover for the side of Padre Damian.
Estadio is the name given to this stadium in Santiago Bernabéu and is easily accessible by the metro. It was inaugurated on the 14th of December, 1947. The teams playing the inaugural match that day were Real Madrid and OS Belenenses. Besides, the stadium has been a host to many other important games and tournaments which include the 2nd European Cup Final in 1957. The Real Madrid’s Commemorative Celebration also took place here on its 75th anniversary, and the World Championship Final in 1982 was also held here. Also, Pope John Paul II chose this place for a gathering in the year 1982. this means that the stadium has witnessed several important events in the history of world soccer.
The stadiums capacity has undergone a drastic change, which accommodated 120,000 people after the expansion took place in 1953. This has constantly been reduced owing to modernizations and expansion plans which keeps coming up. UEFA norms were violated in 1998-99 when people were standing at matches, which is not allowed as per their rules. In 2003, another change was made which increased the capacity to 80,400 people. Again in 1992, an expansion took place which increased the capacity to 100,000 people. Also, there has been a plan to build a retractable roof during matches so that it accommodates more people during games. This plan was announced by Florentino Perez in 2005, who after making the announcement quit the club leaving the plans on tenterhooks.
The stadium has a private metro station for itself, named the Madrid Metro. It must be added here that being at the center of the business community of Madrid, it was not usual to see this for a soccer stadium. When renovation took place on the stadium’s exteriors, the noticeable entrance towers were a major highlight. On the 14th of November, 2007, the FIFA named the stadium as an elite one. This gives the stadium the license to host the finals of all major soccer events.