Real Madrid Ready to host LaLiga Santander game
Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Today is a special day for the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, which is hosting its first ever LaLiga Santander match in its brief history, with Real Madrid playing there for the second time as remodelling works are being carried out on the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
There have been some improvements made to the stadium ahead of the fixture, but everything is now ready, and there are some stories and curiosities about this stadium which holds the name of the player considered by many to be the best to have ever donned a Real Madrid shirt.
The conceptual design for the Valdebebas stadium was created between Florida and Madrid, with a North American company winning a design competition, and the project management being carried out by Bovis Lend Lease, Estudio Lamela, Euroconsult and CSP (Coordination of Safety and Health) among others, with the aid of 23 architects, five technical architects, twelve engineers and four technical engineers.
On the night of May 9, 2006, the stadium was inaugurated with a friendly between Real Madrid and Stade Reims that ended 6-1 to Los Blancos with Sergio Ramos grabbing the first goal and Iker Casillas, Michel Salgado, Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Meja, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Guti, Robinho, Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Cassano and Raul in the eleven that night.
The stadium is presided over by a statue of Alfredo Di Stefano, who laid the first brick at Valdebebas alongside a youth team player who is now in the first team, Dani Carvajal.
The Pedro Montes sculpture was inaugurated on February 17, 2007, weighs more than 400 kilos, is more than two metres high and is the recreation of the celebration of a goal in the European Cup against Vasas.
The stadium is located right in the centre of the 120 hectares of the Ciudad Real Madrid and is designed to continue growing based on the needs of the club with a current capacity for 6,000 spectators: 4,000 on the west side and 2,000 on the east side, a figure that will rise to 25,000 when the fourth phase ends.
Although the venue has been prepared to broadcast the match, the stadium already has two television studios, four booths for commentators and ten radio stations along with 28 posts for written press and 32 for commentators.
There is also a track for cameras to analyse offsides and the master and short camera alongside an exclusive press communications area, which connects them to the lower level of the playing field where the press room, photographers’ room, mixed area and TV studio are located.
Real Madrid are playing for the first time at the Di Stefano, but not all the players will be making their debut at the Castilla stadium with Zidane himself already having managed the B side at this ground and on January 5, 2016 oversaw his first training with the first team here.
There are several players who know it well having played with Castilla, such as Nacho, Carvajal, Casemiro, Fede Valverde, Vincius, Rodrygo, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano, who is the top scorer in this stadium with 22 goals from the current squad with Alvaro Morata the overall top scorer (27).
The stadium is in accordance with Ciudad Real Madrid in the sense that it very ecological, with sanitary hot water being obtained by means of solar panels, irrigation carried out through water purification and cold production is done using ice tanks.
The stadium is mainly intended to be used by the Castilla, although it has also been designed with future commercial benefits in mind for any type of event or concert.
Its facilities are adapted to be accessed by large trailers that transport stages used in concerts and in the future, it will have a dressing room area reserved for such events.