Madrid Football stadium officially known as Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is one of the most popular and must visit attraction of Madrid. Owned by Real Madrid Club de Fútbol the stadium was inaugurated on 14 Dec, 1947.
With a whooping capacity of over 85000 people Bernabeu is the third largest stadium in Europe behind Camp Nou, Barcelona and Wembley Stadium, London and the second largest in Spain.
The tour costs you 19 euros – a little pricey but its totally worth it. As part of the tour you get to visit 3 levels of the the seating zones finally ending up to the play field and a personalized museum of the club.
While switching levels you will cross the most dazzling and splendid display of memoirs of the club history including trophies in chronological order, merchandise and models in the museum galleries.
My personal favorites were:
* Series of back lit standees against both the walls with pictures of all the Real Madrid players till date
* The stadium prototype which was as grand and beautiful as the stadium
* The gallery in which there is a huge 30 m wall is a LCD display playing all time classic clips from the past
You also get to click fun pictures like holding trophies, brushing shoulders alongside your favorite player and get them framed for 9 euros per pic at the official Real Madrid Merchandise store. But I just got one with all the players 🙂
The best experience of the tour was to be be at ground zero – the play field. Standing there overlooking the magnificently huge stadium even without the audience gives you an overwhelming experience. I opened up my arms and revolved looking towards the sky and the feeling was wow.
Once done admiring the field you can get an original feel of hanging out in the ‘Dug Out’ – benches at the side of the pitch, followed by the tour to visitors changing rooms through the players tunnel to the pitch. Walking through the tunnel gives you a rush of excitement exactly how the players might be be feeling.
Overall my first visit to an international football stadium was an enthralling experience and being one of the best around the world it was complete. Wish there was a match scheduled during our trip but nevertheless it was fun.
Being a true fan before leaving I cheered ‘Hala Madrid’ ( Go Madrid) and wished the team luck for their next match.
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