El Clsico premieres stage. For the first time, the Real Madrid- Barcelona leaves the Chamartn location to move to the Alfredo di Stfano de Valdebebas, the home of the white team since the pandemic began and on everyone’s lips since last Tuesday Jurgen Klopp would label it as “a training ground.” To be the fifth venue in the history of the Clsico, which has the Bernabu as its main stage: Santiago Bernabu (90), Camp Nou (56), Les Corts (26), and Chamartn (17).
A Klopp, who should not have seen the stadium on television, was struck by the appearance of the field, especially the fact that there were no stands at the back. “It looks like a training ground, thank goodness than in Liverpool We will play in a real stadium, “said the German before and after the game, ignoring that the Madrid stadium has exceeded all the requirements demanded by UEFA and, also, had made a significant investment after the pandemic to make a jump quality.
As for dimensions, it goes without saying that the Di Stfano has the regulatory measures: 105×68. So are all the fields of the Valdebebas Sports City and of course also the Castilla one, with capacity for 6,000 spectators and expandable to 25,000. Right now, the capacity is the least and if Madrid is playing in the Di Stfano it is because of the pandemic and because the public cannot enter the stands, not because of the works.
Di Stfano’s changing rooms are more austere than those of the Bernabu, but they have capacity for 25 players and even have an indoor warm-up room, something that many First and even Champions pitches lack. The lawn has heaters to prevent frost and so that it is always in perfect condition.
At the press level, the stadium has two television sets, four booths for commentators and 10 radio sets. It also has 28 positions for written press and 32 for commentators. More than enough in these times in which the presence of journalists has been reduced to the maximum by the pandemic. There is also a walkway for the cameras that follow the offside and the master and short camera. The press has an exclusive communications hub, which connects them to the lower level of the playing field where the press room, photographers room, mixed zone and TV set are located.
Alfredo Di Stfano also has its own UCI (Facilities Control Unit) and UCO (Organizational Control Unit), from where the party’s operations are controlled. In addition, as pointed out by Real Madrid, the new home of Real Madrid is an ecological stadium: the production of sanitary hot water is obtained by means of solar photovoltaic panels located on the roof of the facilities building, irrigation is obtained Water purification and cold production is carried out using ice tanks.
The leaders of the teams also have an anteroom for the prolegmenos of the meeting, so they find all the comforts they could have at the Bernabu. For this winter heating was even installed in the stands.