Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium

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Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano
Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.JPG
Full nameEstadio Alfredo di Stéfano
LocationCiudad Real Madrid, Valdebebas,
Coordinates40°28′37″N 3°36′51″W / 40.4769°N 3.6143°W / 40.4769; -3.6143
OwnerReal Madrid
OperatorReal Madrid Castilla
Capacity6,000[1]
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built2006
Opened9 May 2006
Tenants
Real Madrid Castilla (2006–present)
Real Madrid CF (2020–2021)
Real Madrid Femenino (2021–present)
Spain national football team (2020)

The Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium (Spanish: Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano) is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It is named after Real Madrid's legendary former player Alfredo Di Stéfano. The stadium is used mainly by Real Madrid Femenino and Real Madrid Castilla.

Overview[edit]

On Tuesday, 9 May 2006 the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium was opened at Real Madrid's training centre. The inaugural match was between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims, a 50th anniversary rematch of the first European Cup final won by Real Madrid in 1956. Real Madrid won the inaugural match 6–1 with goals from Sergio Ramos, Antonio Cassano (2), Roberto Soldado (2), and José Manuel Jurado.[2]

The venue is part of the Ciudad Real Madrid, the club's training facilities located outside Madrid in Valdebebas, near Madrid–Barajas Airport.

The capacity of the main stand at the west is 4,000 seats, with an additional 2,000 seats at the eastern stand, giving the stadium a total capacity of 6,000 seats.

Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and to facilitate the ongoing renovations of the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid's senior team hosted the rest of their home matches of the 2019–20 season at the Alfredo di Stéfano behind closed doors, starting on 14 June 2020 with a 3–1 league win against Eibar.[3][4] On 6 September 2020, still behind closed doors, the ground hosted the Spanish national team for the first time; that game resulted in a 4–0 UEFA Nations League win for the Spanish side against Ukraine.[5] The stadium continued hosting Real Madrid's games without spectators throughout the 2020–21 season before the club returned to the Santiago Bernabéu for 2021–22.[6]

The stadium has state-of-the-art facilities, from undersoil heating to environmentally friendly solar panels. It has two television areas, four booths for TV commentators and 10 for radio commentators. There are also 28 posts for newspaper journalists and 32 for commentators. There is also a gallery for the cameras that follow offside positions and for the main and close range cameras. The members of the press have their own media centre which is at pitch level where we find the press room, the photographers’ room, the mixed zone area and the TV studio.[7][8]

Spain national football team matches[edit]

Spain played against Ukraine and Switzerland in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League at the Di Stéfano.

Nr Competition Date Opponent Result Attendance Scorers for Spain
1 2020–21 UEFA Nations League 6 September 2020  Ukraine 4–0 0 2x Sergio Ramos, Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres
2 2020–21 UEFA Nations League 10 October 2020   Switzerland 1–0 0 Mikel Oyarzabal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Estadio Alfredo di Stefano | Estadio del Real Madrid Castilla | Real Madrid CF". www.realmadrid.com (in Spanish). Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  2. ^ "This one's for you, Alfredo!". Realmadrid.com. 2006-05-10. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  3. ^ Roncero, Tomás (22 April 2020). "The changes Real Madrid must make to play their games at the Di Stéfano". Diario AS. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ Navarro, Alberto (14 June 2020). "Real Madrid-Éibar: LaLiga is back | Real Madrid CF". Real Madrid CF. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Fati and Ramos power Spain over Ukraine". Marca. 6 September 2020. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Why are Real Madrid playing at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano and not Santiago Bernabeu?". Evening Standard. 9 April 2021. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  7. ^ Saharoy, Shilarze (April 10, 2021). "How the Alfredo Di Stefano became a five-star stadium fit for El Clasico". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  8. ^ "Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium| Real Madrid C.F." Real Madrid C.F. - Web Oficial. Retrieved 2022-01-25.

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Coordinates: 40°28′36″N 3°36′51″W / 40.47667°N 3.61417°W / 40.47667; -3.61417