Real Madrid have revealed plans for the redevelopment of the Bernabéu stadium with a new exterior and retractable roof included in the project which is expected to take three years to complete.
Four designs were originally submitted with the German architects GMP’s joint proposal with and Spanish firms L35 and Ribas & Ribas winning out. The estimated cost of the revamp is €400m and construction could begin at the end of the current season.
The scheme also includes the construction of a new hotel which will offer direct views of the pitch, in addition to a shopping and leisure centre, car park and landscaped public spaces.
The Spanish giant’s grounds has a current capacity of 85,454 making it the third largest stadium in Europe behind the Nou Camp and Wembley.
Over five years, from 2001-2006, club president Florentino Pérez invested over €127 million improving and enlarging the stadium. Following his re-election in 2009, he expressed a desire to redevelop the iconic football arena.
At the unveiling of the plans, Pérez said: “It’s time to face another challenge, we want to make the Santiago Bernabéu the best stadium in the world.”