Led by Carlo Ancelotti, the current Champions of Europe head into the 2014-15 season with ambitions of going one better by taking the Spanish league title from city rivals Atlético. Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be surrounded by a team of ‘galácticos’ which will take some beating on both the domestic and European fronts.
If you’re heading over to the Spanish capital for a match be aware that very few Real Madrid tickets go on public sale because in spite of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium’s capacity of over 85,000 most seats are taken up by season ticket holders (‘socios’). There are ticket booths (‘taquillas’) next to gate 42 of the stadium on Calle Concha Espina but tickets are usually only available for matches against the league’s lower teams, big matches are always sold out. To avoid disappointment you should order match tickets before travelling and collect them in Madrid or have them delivered to your chosen hotel.
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Getting to the Bernabeu Stadium
The Bernabeu lies 5km north of Puerta del Sol in the tourist centre following Paseo de la Castellana. It is situated in a pleasant part of the city so there’s no problem walking there if you wish to do so. On the other hand you’ll find excellent bus and underground services providing transport to the stadium. For practical information on how to get there and about the popular stadium tours please refer to our Santiago Bernabeu Stadium page.
Bernabeu Stadium Plan
The following plan of the Bernabeu is handy for helping you choose which tickets you’d prefer when making a booking.
Real Madrid Kick-Off Times
You’d be forgiven for assuming that the day and time of Real Madrid games would be published at the start of the season. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case which proves quite inconvenient for fans who are planning ahead for a city break to include a game at the Bernabeu. Most games take place on Saturday or Sunday at various times and there are quite often Monday night games though these rarely affect Real Madrid. Midweek league fixtures can be from Tuesday to Thursday. The official day and time of kick-offs is usually announced on the Spanish FA Website about 10 days before a match closely followed by a confirmation on the Real Madrid website. Champions League games are always at 8.45pm Madrid time on a Tuesday or Wednesday and are confirmed well in advance.
For most footballing visits to the city there’s unlikely to be any problem provide you ensure that you’ll be there from the Saturday afternoon until the Monday morning as that time period covers all but the Monday night game which rarely involves Real Madrid.
Madrid Ticket Orders, Collections and Deliveries
Choose the match you want to buy tickets for from the fixture list above and you’ll be redirected to the sales website. The booking procedure is straightforward, just be sure to order the tickets in the same name as the name you use when booking your hotel in Madrid to avoid any confusion. You’ll be given the option to have the tickets delivered to your accommodation provided there is a 24 hour reception service. Otherwise you can choose to collect them from one of numerous ticket outlets in the city.
Ticket Tout Warning
If you are tempted to wait untilyou arrive in Madrid before looking for match tickets be very careful when dealing with the ticket touts who congregate outside gate 42 on the day of the match. Prices are very high and don’t believe anyone showing you a postcard of the stadium and showing you what a great seat he is selling to you. In addition, forgeries have been found at the big games and plain clothed policemen often patrol this area to discourage the black market. This is a method to be avoided. An email we received after the Real Madrid v Barcelona game last season informed us that “…. I was advised not to take any ticket off the touts as 98% of them are fake so I watched the game from a bar beside the stadium.”