La Liga: Real Madrid to embark on €525 million plan to upgrade Santiago Bernabeu by 2022

The financing of the plan was approved at Real Madrid's annual assembly, with work due to begin on the stadium at the start of next year.

Agence France-Presse September 23, 2018 20:43:17 IST
La Liga: Real Madrid to embark on €525 million plan to upgrade Santiago Bernabeu by 2022

Madrid: Real Madrid's plan to upgrade the Santiago Bernabeu by 2022 at a cost of €525 million was given the green light on Sunday.

The financing of the plan was approved at the club's annual assembly, with work due to begin on the stadium at the start of next year.

La Liga Real Madrid to embark on 525 million plan to upgrade Santiago Bernabeu by 2022

General view of Real Madrid's home stadium, Santiago Bernabeu. Reuters/Sergio Perez

The proposed changes do not include an expansion of the stadium's capacity of just over 81,000.

Madrid have announced record revenue of €750.9 million for 2017-18 and president Florentino Perez believes the completed project will bring in an extra €150 million per year.

Perez said the loan would amount to up to €575 million, over a maximum period of 35 years, without "any impact on sporting activity".

"It will be more modern, more secure," Perez said. "There are two objectives: to improve the comfort and accessibility for our fans and secondly, to obtain more income."

Perez said Madrid want "to be the first club in the world to exceed the one billion euro revenue mark", an aim shared by his Barcelona counterpart Josep Maria Bartomeu, who has also embarked on a redesign of the Camp Nou.

"There is a window of opportunity," Perez added. "I think we should take advantage of it."

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