Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium caught fire on Wednesday night, putting their £500million redevelopment in jeopardy.
Naija News reports that the iconic stadium in the heart of the Spanish capital has been home to the LaLiga side since 1947 and has been under construction since 2019. However, firefighters were called to the ground after plumes of thick black smoke were seen pumping out of the stadium.
Spanish outlet Marca have reported that a ‘small’ fire broke out at the stadium, causing visible smoke to appear around the ground.
While the cause of the fire is not year clear, the Spanish outlet says the stadium’s fire alarms were sounded and that the emergency services were contacted immediately.
The Madrid fire-brigade were said to have controlled the fire just 15 minutes after being called to the scene.
🚨Incendio en las obras del Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
🚒 Los bomberos ya están trabajando en la instalación.
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) May 26, 2021
The extent of the damage is set to be determined, but fans fear the fire could jeopardise the £50million renovations that are currently under way.
The fire at the stadium has taken place nearly two years after work began back in June 2019.
The gigantic rebuild has meant that the club have not played at the ground this season.
Instead they have played at the 6,000-capacity Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, usually the arena for the reserve side, Real Madrid Castilla.
Should the project go ahead as planned, the Bernabeu will gain a fixed roof which covers every seat, as well as a retractable roof which covers the entire pitch.
However, the current capacity of 81,000 will remain the same despite plenty of off-pitch additions.
The renovation will also see the installation of a 360-degree screen, a shopping centre, a five-storey underground car park, and new restaurants.
However, damage from the fire could delay construction plans and even see Real Madrid play another season at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.