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Real Madrid to begin stadium renovations after 2018-19 season

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez has revealed the club will begin long-discussed renovations to the Santiago Bernabéu at the end of the current season. The plans are in the final stages of formal approval.

Improvements include a 360-degree video screen, retractable roof and changes to the facade that surrounds the complex. The estimated cost is about €500m ($560m).

“The plan has been approved,” Perez said. “That’s why I want you to know that next week, we will sign the final contract and during the month of April we will begin allocating the projects with the aim of starting as soon as possible when this season finishes.”

The work will take three to four years but will not interfere with the team’s use of the stadium.