Real Madrid are truly a giant of world football. With 63 major trophies to their name, including a record 12 European Cups and UEFA Champions Leagues, they are one of the world’s most successful sporting institutions. Their stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu, has been the Spanish club’s home since it was built in 1947 and currently has a seating capacity of just over 81,000. For many fans around the world, a visit to this temple of football to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth bale and Sergio Ramos in action is quite simply as good as it gets.
A Real Madrid player takers a corner kick during a match at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Photo: Mutsu KAWAMORI via Flickr)
The La Liga season runs from August to May, with a two week Winter break in December to allow players some recovery time. Real Madrid play 19 home league games a season, with a number of domestic and European cup games on top of that. If you’re planning a trip to the Spanish capital, and would like to find out if Real Madrid are scheduled to play at home during your stay, there are full fixture lists for the upcoming season available to view online.
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Matches at the Bernabéu are usually in high demand, but tickets are often left over by club members and end up available on general sale. However, if you’re struggling to get a ticket through the official channels or are looking for other options, there are a few alternative ways of getting hold of a ticket that might just suit your needs. We’ve done some research and given our verdict on them below.
Some match tickets can only be reserved by members, but when general sale tickets are available, they tend to tend to go on sale around 5-7 days before a match and you can purchase them through the official Real Madrid website. Click on ‘Ticket Sales’, which will then take you through to a Ticketmaster page which deals with online sales for Real Madrid matches (as well as matches for several other Spanish clubs). Tickets can then be picked up in person from the any la Caixa bank ATM that has the ticket printing facility, or at the stadium itself.
Because the date and time of Spanish matches aren’t officially confirmed until around a week before, it can be a bit of a risk for tourists to buy tickets in advance. This is where Ticketbis step in. The online ticket exchange platform offers you the chance to get hold of a ticket at very late notice, because they advertise tickets right up to kick off. This means that you can often even make a spontaneous decision to attend a match on the day of a game, if you wish. The only downside to this is that users can price tickets at any level they want (and change it at any time) and so tickets for high profile games tend to be priced way above face value. However, for visitors looking for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Real Madrid take on, say, Barcelona at the Bernabéu, then Ticketbis is probably your best hope. Additionally, tickets for less prestigious games are often extremely affordable. For example, for a match in September between Real Madrid and Levante, tickets are currently available for just £64. However, be aware that Ticketbis charge a commission for all transactions.
If you’re planning to attend a game at the Bernabéu, it may be convenient to stay in a hotel close to the stadium. Thomas Cook Sport offer packages that combine official Real Madrid match tickets with hotel accommodation nearby. As well as a match ticket, these packages also include a number of benefits that guests can enjoy across the city, such as discounts on selected city tours and activities. Also included is a full stadium and museum tour, allowing visitors to explore more than 100 years of club history. Pricing for these packages vary depending on the opposition, but can start at as little as £199 for a match ticket and a minimum 2-night stay.