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Real Madrid: The 'new Bernabéu' is taking shape

Website 'Nuevo Estadio Bernabéu' gave a glimpse of how remodelling work is evolving on Real Madrid's stadium, after being on hold for two weeks for the coronavirus crisis.

Construction work has resumed on the remodelling of Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu stadium this week. Work was forced to stop temporarily when all non-essential activity was banned for a fortnight due to the coronavirus crisis. That has been lifted and the workers were back in Chamartin on Monday. The website Nuevo Estadio Bernabéu has given us a few more details about how the project is evolving. It explains how the towers on the side of the stadium have been almost completely dismantled.

Also, the shoring on the south stand has been completed and support work has begun on the north stand which is expected to be finished over the next few days. Progress has been made in dismantling the roof sections in both the north and south ends of the stadium.

From the Santiago Bernabéu to the Alfredo Di Stéfano

Meanwhile, the old Esquina del Bernabéu - the shopping precinct which used to be located on the corner where Avenida de Concha Espina meets Calle de Padre Damián (the businesses and restaurants inside closed in March 2019) is now ready to be demolished so that the next phase of the works can begin. At the same time, erecting the new towers, on the side of Paseo de la Castellana will commence. The new promenade, which will also be on the Castellana side, is also starting to take shape.

As we have reported in recent articles about the makeover of the Bernabéu, Madrid are hoping to make the most of the break in football to forge ahead with work on their stadium. Seeing as no matches will be played at the Bernabéu until 2021 at the earliest, the club's idea is to play all of the team's home games in the meantime in Valdebebas at the Alfredo Di Stéfano. To do so will also require some modification work. It's an inconvenience for season ticket holders bu at least the new Bernabéu should be ready ahead of schedule in the autumn of 2021.