Saerbeck/Madrid/Paris, MAR 16,2023 – Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is currently the site of a large-scale construction project to transform it into a multi-functional arena. The conversion work includes installing a sliding roof over the pitch. SAERTEX® GmbH & Co. KG from Saerbeck supplied the carbon and glass fiber materials for the roof structure’s support beams. Together with its customer NANOTURES, SAERTEX received the prestigious JEC INNOVATION AWARD in Paris for this project.
Construction work has been in progress since 2019 on the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home stadium of 14-time European Cup and Champions League winners Real Madrid. The project’s aim is to transform the football stadium situated in the heart of the Spanish capital and which was built back in 1947, into a multi-functional arena with a 360° video screen, a new external façade and a retractable sliding roof over the pitch.

During the course of February 2023, the 36 lightweight beams of this innovative sliding roof structure were installed in the stadium. These mobile roof structure support members were manufactured by Spanish composite specialist NANOTURES using carbon and glass fiber materials supplied by SAERTEX from Saerbeck, Germany. Opening and closing the roof structure – including the membranes that are still to be installed between the lightweight beams – protects the entire arena against the effects of wind and weather.

“The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is an absolutely iconic venue in world football. And we are very proud that our material has contributed to this gigantic innovation project,” says Daniel Stumpp, Head of Global Marketing at SAERTEX.

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