Madrid says no to Real’s plans for Bernabeu renovation

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Real Madrid has been rebuffed in its efforts to renovate the Bernabeu.

The club had hopes to add a shopping center and hotel to the nearly 70-year-old stadium, but city officials don’t think the plan benefits the people of Madrid.

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While it’s unusual, perhaps even encouraging to see a city stand up to a gigantic business and sports power, this is a pretty vague explanation from the civic leadership.

From Sky Sports:

The officials insist they will only accept a remodelling proposal that does not affect the interests of local citizens.

A Spanish court earlier this year annulled permission granted to Real Madrid by the previous city government, saying it broke Spanish land use law.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Surely when Real Madrid wants to make something like this happen, concessions are made (and money is paid?).