Real Madrid will be home at last this Sunday when they finally return to their iconic and new-look stadium, the Bernabeu.
The glamour boys of the Spanish game have been forced to play at the 6000-capacity Alfredo di Stefano stadium but a glorious return is just around the corner.
There had been serious fears that Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Celta Vigo would come too soon but a ‘miraculous’ round-the-clock effort from construction workers mean 30,000 lucky fans will see just how far building costs of £693.3million have gone.
Originally, 50,000 supporters were going to be allowed in but Covid restrictions have reduced that number. When finished, the venue will be able to hold 81,000.
And although the Bernabeu is in a fit state to host matches again, there are still the finishing touches to be completed and the final nail should be hammered in by January next year.
The fact that the stadium is hosting a game on Sunday was described by Marca as a ‘miracle’ that had ‘seemed impossible’.
One major aesthetic change for fans to glimpse for the first time is the retractable roof skeleton.
Having demolished two of the previous towers, the new ones are operational, though not entirely finished while key areas such as the dressing room PA system and press area are done and dusted.
The south and west stands still need some surgery and will be covered by sheeting during the first few home games back at the Bernabeu.
Real took advantage of the pandemic in starting work on their world famous ground last year while playing at the usual home of their reserve side.