Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabéu was inaugurated 68 years ago


NEWS | 14/12/2015

On 14 December 1947, Real Madrid beat Os Belenenses 3-1 in the first game to be hosted at the new ground.
The Santiago Bernabéu celebrates its 68th year as the home of Real Madrid. Since being inaugurated on 14 December 1947, the stadium has been the setting for some of the most important moments in the club's history. To celebrate the opening, Real Madrid organised a friendly match with Os Belenenses that ended in a 3-1 win for the Whites. Barinaga was the first Madrid player to leave his mark on the stadium, after getting the first goal of the grand opening.

Since then, Real Madrid fans have been treated to uncountable joys at home. To go along with the titles are the goals and pieces of magic from some of the greatest footballers of all time, like Di Stéfano, Puskas, Gento, Raúl, Zidane and, in the present day, Cristiano Ronaldo. Additionally, since opening in 1955, the stadium has been paying tribute to one of the most influential figures in Real Madrid's history: Santiago Bernabéu.

The current seating capacity is 81,044.

Over the last 68 years, the stadium has become a legendary place on the international stage. The Whites' ground is part of footballing folklore and has hosted European Cup, World Cup, European Championship and Copa del Rey finals.

International renown
The Santiago Bernabéu's renown has also made it one of the Spanish capital's tourism hotspots. Visitors from all over the world make the most of their stays in Madrid to live a unique experience on the Bernabéu Tour, where they can get a close look at the trophies and walk through the Whites' proud history.