It’s no secret that Real Madrid wants to revamp their iconic stadium Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. Now, the club released a video in which they show a concept of the upcoming changes. Besides new terraces, a new roof featuring a 360° video wall, and a Real Madrid museum, the upgraded stadium will also include an esports arena.
Starting at 02:13, the video shows what is supposed to be a competitive FIFA match. One really just gets a glimpse of what the area is supposed to look like. Contrary to reports released in May 2018, Real Madrid isn’t actively involved in esports yet and doesn’t have any players under contract.
It is easy to overlook the fact that the two teams featured teams in the video are Isurus Gaming’s and Furious Gaming’s League of Legends teams, while the screen shows a FIFA stream. This could hint to Real Madrid entering both League of Legends and FIFA as future esports titles – or is a major oversight by the public relations team.
The application period for the 2019 EU LCS Partnership System is currently open. According to a report by Turkish site 5mid, at least 7 Football clubs have applied to be part of the 2019 league – with Real Madrid potentially being one of them.
Furthermore, former Real Madrid center-back Alvaro Arbeloa has invested into the Spanish League of Legends team Origen.
The Spanish esports team Movistar Riders has a similar facility, which can both be used as an arena to watch games live and as a training facility to train esports players.
According to Marca, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has officially confirmed his club’s entry into the world of new sports during a press conference.