INFO Sports buffs can experience football action firsthand at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home of Real Madrid football, which is considered by many one of the greatest clubs in the sport’s history. Inaugurated in 1947... ... read more
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Season autumn–late spring, occasional summer games; Check website for schedule
Sports buffs can experience football action firsthand at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, the home of Real Madrid football, which is considered by many one of the greatest clubs in the sport’s history.
Inaugurated in 1947, Bernabéu Stadium holds over 80,000 fans, and a good thing, too – Madrid completely shuts down when there’s a match on as fans flock to the stadium to cheer wildly from the seats.
To keep the often violent rivalries at bay, alcoholic beverages are not sold or allowed in the arena, but the devotion and passion of fans of all ages – who are all decked out in the team’s colors of white, deep blue, and purple – is all the intoxication one needs to revel in the excitement of the event, especially when the home team scores and the masses explode into a communal scream of GOL!
For a real taste of Madrid’s sporting culture, football enthusiasts should take in a match and, if the team beats its main rival FC Barcelona, join the ecstatic celebration in the streets that is sure to follow a victory by Real Madrid.
The match. Fans will also be celebrating at nearby bars before and after the match.
Food / Miscellaneous
The Stadium has a formal restaurant, but most fans snack on French fries, hamburgers, and other greasy favorites at the fast food stands stationed throughout the building.
Tickets €20–€400. The official website lists prices and available tickets.
When to Go
Any time there’s a match between major rivals – just be sure to book tickets in advance. Evening games last more or less from 9 to 11pm.
Real Madrid fans just go insane, and their passion is contagious – first-time spectators may even find themselves cursing the refs toward the end of the match!
Buy tickets online in advance if possible; if they are sold out, head over to the stadium around 9am and get whatever tickets are left for that day. If Real Madrid wins, follow the crowds for a wild night out – victory celebrations are serious business in this city.