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REAL MADRID

The changing face of the Santiago Bernabéu over 71 years

An aerial shot of the spot now occupied by the Bernabeu taken in 1931.

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Real Madrid played at the Chamartín stadium through to 1946.

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October 1944, Santiago Bernabéu places the first stone in the new stadium, then known as the Nuevo Estadio de Chamartín.

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Work on the new ground overlapped with the old Chamartin stadium.

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As the Nuevo Estadio Chamartín ground was being built, Real Madrid continued to play at the old Chamartin.

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The construction on the Nuevo Estadio de Chamartín was completed late 1947.

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December 14, 1947. Real Madrid host their first game at the new stadium facing Portuguese side Os Belenenses in a friendly game.

Photo: Manuel Urech

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Picture from 1948, showing the activity outside the ground on match day.

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The Nuevo Estadio de Chamartín had a capacity of 70.000 with the pitch measuring 105x70 m.

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A third ring, commonly known as "El Gallinero" was constructed in 1954 increasing the capacity to 125.000.

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The stadium was renamed as the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in 1955.

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Floodlights were introduced in March 1957 allowing the club to host night time games.

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The Santiago Bernabéu in the early 1960s

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The Santiago Bernabéu in the early 1960s

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An electronic scoreboard was introduced in 1972 and updated fans with goals being scored in other league games.

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The ground was given a face-lift ahead of the 1982 World Cup.

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A FIFA directive saw the capacity reduced from 125.000 to 98.000 with 24.550 seats under cover.

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A roof covered three quarters of the stadium in a 16 month project.

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Extension work was carried out in the early 90s as the capacity grew again hosting 106,000 fans.

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The now iconic "four towers" were also completed in the early 1990s.

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A 1997 UEFA directive saw the removal of all terracing.

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The new all-seater stadium boasted a capacity of 86.000.

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A view of the stadium in the late 90s

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Work in the early 2000 saw all areas of the ground covered and after work in the Calle Damián side of the stadium the capacity was 81.044.

Photo: JAVIER GANDUL DIARIO AS

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The Santiago Bernabéu from above.

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A view from above of the modern day era Santiago Bernabéu.

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