Spain’s organisation of the 1982 World Cup forced the club to carry out a general refurbishment of the Bernabéu, the stadium having been designated to host one of the qualification stages, as well as the final. It was important to transmit a modern image to the millions of fans that would be watching, either directly or via television. Accordingly, almost the entire complex was refurbished.
The ground’s capacity was decreased to 98,776 fans, of which 67,000 were unseated. The power of the lighting system was increased, and new electronic scoreboards, made with the latest technology, were added. Of all the new features added to the Bernabéu, the most striking was the roof. A metal canopy was installed that covered 75% of the stands. Thanks to this a good number of seats were now protected from inclement weather.