Real Madrid’s Bernabeu redevelopment plans rejected

Santiago Bernabeu

Madrid city officials have rejected Real Madrid‘s plans to upgrade the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The officials insist they will only accept a remodelling proposal that does not affect the interests of local citizens.

A Spanish court earlier this year annulled permission granted to Real Madrid by the previous city government, saying it broke Spanish land use law.

The officials added that a new project will only be considered if it is “in the best interests of the general public”.

Real Madrid wanted to remodel the stadium’s exterior and add a hotel and a shopping centre.

Opened in 1947, the 80,000-capacity Bernabeu was last redeveloped for the 1982 World Cup, although it has received minor upgrades since then.

Source: AP