92% of the members of Real Madrid approved the budget for a 'new stadium' with roof, 360 ° screen, and innovative image
After the creation of the reform project of the Santiago Bernabéu in 2009, nine years have passed for the budget to be approved and thus carry out the works in the Real Madrid stadium, according to the Goal website.
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The new Santiago Bernabéu will have a more modern and avant-garde image, with projectors of images on the metallic exterior of the stadium, a retractable roof that will completely cover the field of play and the spectators. The latter will have new seats of greater comfort, as well as two new places and other works in the urban area that surrounds the stadium, according to Goal.
The same media adds that the idea of a hotel inside Bernabéu was canceled. However, new rooms for cultural events and meetings will be built, as well as more space for commercial premises and two official Real Madrid stores. At the same time, access to the stadium will be improved, with the construction of new entrances and more escalators.
According to the president of the club, Florentino Pérez, "technology will be one of the essential pillars of the project", referring to the screen that will surround the 360° of the top of the stands, as well as a room for eSports sports video games and changes in the tour inside the stadium, in order to achieve a "digital Santiago Bernabéu", according to the Clarín newspaper.
Although this reform will have an estimated cost of 525 million euros, the budget allows a maximum expenditure of 575 million euros thanks to the loans, of which the club will have 35 years to pay them in annual installments of 25 million, which is equivalent to 4% of the income obtained by Real Madrid in 2017.
In addition, Florentino Perez said in the middle of the General Assembly of Compromisario Members that the costs of the remodeling correspond "to the salary of 6 years of any crack they may have in mind, and he has more risks such as injuries", as published by the journalist Alberto Piñero in his twitter account. Likewise, Pérez estimates that the new stadium generates revenues of 150 million euros per year.
However, the start of the works will be in the summer of 2019, and has a duration of approximately three and a half years; however, the remodeling will not affect the sports calendar.
Other clubs that plan to remodel their house
Real Madrid is not the only club looking to remodel a new stadium. According to the newspaper Marca, other teams such as England's Chelsea FC are proposing a reform of the Stamford Bridge to increase its capacity of 41,600 to 60,000 spectators and other aesthetic improvements, with an estimated price of 850 million euros. The stadium would be ready between 2020 and 2021.
In fact, FC Barcelona itself has already approved a project for the remodeling of the Camp Nou, which would house 105,000 fans and a profound reform in the structures around it that will cost approximately 600 million euros. However, due to problems with the approval of building permits by the municipality, the start of the work has been postponed for two years and they plan to start it in the summer of 2019, according to the newspaper Sport.
Other teams have gone beyond a remodeling and have decided to build a new stadium and move, such as Atlético de Madrid, which in 2011 began work to build a stadium of 68 thousand spectators in what was previously an athletics venue . Six years and 310 million euros later, the Atleti premiered a new home and left the Vicente Calderón.
Tottenham has done the same, building a new stadium called Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which will be located near White Hart Lane, which was his home for 118 years. Since 2017, the English team has had to play their matches at Wembley.
However, it is expected that in October of this year they will move to their new home of 62,000 spectators, which will also house several NFL games for at least 10 years. The cost of this new stadium is 750 million, although there is the possibility of reaching a trillion euros, confirmed Goal.
LatinAmerican Post | Juan Bacallado
Translated from “El Santiago Bernabéu se renueva: conoce la millonaria cifra invertida”
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