Why are Real Madrid not playing at the Santiago Bernabéu?
Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and co will be aiming to win LaLiga over the coming weeks. But they will be playing their home games in newish surroundings.
Of the 11 remaining games, six of them will be at home, but none at their famous ground to the north of the Spanish capital. Instead they will all be played at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. The stadium is located within the club’s Valdebebas training complex, north of Madrid.
This ground is normally host to games of Castilla, Real Madrid’s youth team.
The dimensions of the pitch are the same as those of the club’s more illustrious stadium. But some people have suggested that the lack of fans -all LaLiga games for the time behind closed doors – may be less impactful at the smaller venue (capacity 6,000).
Why Madrid move away from the Bernabéu?
The Santiago Bernabéu is getting a massive upgrade. Following much planning, work got underway earlier this campaign and the target date for completion is ahead of the 2022/23 season.
The Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium may only have seating for 6,000 spectators but it has all of the latest technology, with VAR now completely installed.
First team squad sources say that it has, “dressing rooms, warm-up areas, recovery zones and training facilities which are better and more comfortable than a lot of those found at top flight clubs.”
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