Santiago Bernabeu – A Mecca of football

Santiago Bernabeu – A Mecca of football

When you say Madrid, a football lover it’s impossible not to think about Real Madrid. Once, a man named Santiago Bernabeu  borrowed money to buy this land where is currently the stadium. Since 1947, when it was opened as the Estadio Charmatin, he was upgraded with features as performance. Since 1947, when it was opened as the Estadio Charmatin, it was modernized with performance facilities. After 1955 until now, the name was transformed in “Estadio Santiago Bernabeu” in honor of its President. There are now in the trophy room, the statue of Santiago Bernabeu sitting at the table and talking, and behind the first kind of contract signed.

The stadium is located on Boulevard Passeo de la Castelana, at Santiago Bernabeu subway station, line 10, but you can reach it with various means of transportation.

The stadium is open almost all year, except between 25 December to 1 January, Monday to Saturday from 10 to 19, and Sunday and holidays from 10.30-18.30 (information on tickets). Tickets can be bought at the ticket 10 on Passeo de la Castelana, and the price of a ticket is 19 euros.

The stadium has a capacity of 80,000 seats and became famous worldwide both for team success in international competitions and world records held due to host the European Cup finals (in 1957,1969,1980), the  European Championship final in 1964 and not finally the World Cup finals in 1982.

In the trophy room are exposed hundreds of cups won, equipment and balls in early club equipment and current players. The most expensive trophy that is exposed is made of 18k gold. Changing rooms are impeccably clean, each one picture there is the player’s name and jersey number or game.

At the gift shop, located at the entrance of the stadium, you can find only magnets Real logo, otherwise shirts, scarves, balls, etc.. are rather expensive.