Real Madrid’s extended period away from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu could see them adopt a surprising home before its completion – the Wanda Metropolitano.
In the latest stage of the club’s ‘Operation Return to the Bernabeu’, Los Blancos have enquired about playing at the home of Atletico Madrid in order to accommodate between 20,000 and 30,000 fans as supporters are gradually allowed back into stadiums.
The Spain Club have not stepped onto the Bernabeu turf since March 2, 2020. Their current home, the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, could not host this amount of fans given its smaller capacity, as the club look to take advantage of the economic injection through playing at the home of their city rivals.
The relationship between the clubs has seen Atletico Madrid declare in the past that they are prepared to allow the Wanda Metropolitano to host Real Madrid matches as the Bernabeu is renovated.
“Let us be clear that we are at the Spain club disposition,” said Enrique Cerezo after the return of LaLiga Santander after the first lockdown in Spain last year.
The return date
Regardless of the plan to play at the Wanda Metropolitano, Real Madrid don’t want to rush a move back into the Bernabeu
This led to,they are aiming to return to their home between September and October and have asked LaLiga to adjust the calendar at the start of next season so that they can play as many away matches as possible after the projected August 13 start.
Over the last 15 months, costs have been lowered by closing the Bernabeu and allowing construction workers free rein to do the renovations, but the economic necessity – alongside the sporting merits – of having fans back mean Real Madrid want to return to the Bernabeu as soon as possible.