The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, caught fire around 8pm yesterday, Wednesday 26th May, with smoke seen billowing out of the iconic ground and posted on social media.
El Bernabéu en estos mismos instantes pic.twitter.com/IYibtuG5SW
— Pablo (@Pablosaez__) May 26, 2021
The iconic stadium, named after Real Madrid player and club president, Santiago Bernabeu (1895 – 1978), was opened in 1947, has a capacity of 81,044 spectators and was the first stadium in Europe to host both a UEFA European Championship final and a FIFA World Cup final.
The stadium is presently in the middle of a major reconstruction project which will see a restractable roof, hotel, restaurants and shopping centre added to the central Madrid venue.
The flames were extinguished by workemen on the site before firefighters arrived on the scene.