Saturday. 26.11.2022
225 million euros

Real Madrid granted loan for underground greenhouse in the stadium

The subterranean greenhouse will ensure their playing surface remains pristine even when it is retracted

The stadium of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Pixabay.
The stadium of Real Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu. Photo: Pixabay.

Real Madrid have taken out an additional loan of 225 million euros (255.2 million dollars) for a new phase of remodelling work at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium that will see an underground greenhouse installed.

Los Blancos initially confirmed plans for the €525 million renovation four years ago, with the work set to increase capacity by 4,000 to roughly 85,000 and include the incorporation of a retractable roof and pitch.

Construction work began in 2020 during the hiatus ushered in amid the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, with Madrid subsequently playing their home matches at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – the club's training base – when the 2020-21 season resumed.

Madrid eventually returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in September this year but much of the remodelling is yet to be completed, with the club now confirming an extra phase has been added.

The subterranean greenhouse will ensure their playing surface remains pristine even when it is retracted.

Pitch in 'optimal conditions'

Providing details of the loan and its use, a club statement read: "The funding will be used for the construction of a large underground greenhouse which was not foreseen in the initial work due to its complexity and which was technologically resolved at a later date.

"This greenhouse will allow the automatic removal of the pitch and its preservation in optimal conditions and in perfect shape to be used when a football match is to be held. In this way, the number of events that can be held without impacting the grass will be maximised."

Real Madrid granted loan for underground greenhouse in the stadium
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