I may not be the world’s most serious football (soccer) fan. Or the world’s 100-millionth most serious football (soccer!) fan. But I know to recognize where history happened, where history happens, or where history will happen. Madrid‘s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is all three and I was looking forward to touring the facility. It is well-known to be a great tour so well worth the cost to go in. Bernabéu, which seats over 80,000 fans, is the seat of Real Madrid, a football team over 100 years old (the stadium dates from 1947). Real Madrid is the most valuable football team in the world, valued at over $3B. Yep, that is a “B.” And this is their home.
The tour takes you through the history of the club showing famous trophies, shoes and other items in a multi-media and interactive setting.
The museum really helps emphasize, though its interpretation, the glory of the Real Madrid club. Beyond this, the visitor gets to see the field of play as spectators do from a high vantage point and, later, as players do: right from the field and from their bench!
The tour takes the visitor back door through the locker room and other spots before leading the visitor, surprise, to the stadium store – of course.
Bernabéu is an incredible place, I am sure, to watch a match. I hope to re-visit it one day as a spectator!