Initially revealed by LEGO France earlier today, the latest stadium joins 10272 Old Trafford – Manchester United and 10284 Camp Nou – FC Barcelona in delivering enormous, brick-built recreations of iconic football grounds, to the point that 10299 Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is easily among the biggest LEGO sets of all time.
That’s by virtue of its 5,876 pieces, which come together to form a stadium 14cm tall, 44cm wide and 38cm deep. It’s the home of La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who are one of the three founding members of the Spanish league, and currently sit four points clear of second-placed Sevilla.
Named after former Real Madrid president and Spanish forward Santiago Bernabéu, the club’s stadium is the second-largest in Spain (behind only Camp Nou), with a capacity of 81,044. Originally constructed between 1944 and 1947, the Bernabéu is currently undergoing a €525-million renovation project, which will add a retractable pitch and a roof that can completely close.
None of that is reflected in the LEGO model, however, which instead recreates the Bernabéu as it stood before renovations began in 2019. That’s no real surprise given the lead time likely required to develop 10299 Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, and it does appear to capture all the details of the version of the stadium it’s aiming to portray.
For instance, it doesn’t just re-use the printed pitch pieces from the previous two stadium sets, but instead gets unique printed elements to match the real-life pitch’s iconic grass pattern. It also features goals, the dugout, banners, scoreboard, stairwells and all the other hallmarks of any good football stadium, while being covered top to bottom in Real Madrid branding.
“Real Madrid is one of the most remarkable football clubs in history, which is why recreating the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in LEGO brick form was such an incredibly rewarding experience,” said LEGO designer Milan Madge.
“Authenticity and sense of scale are key factors in this recreation, so that builders can truly feel the atmosphere of this dazzling and vast stadium. This set allows builders to bring the much-loved home base of Real Madrid into their own home for years to come.”
Madrid unfortunately couldn’t mark the set’s announcement week with victory in the Champions League, losing 1-0 to PSG in the first leg of their Round of 16 match on Tuesday night. Their next game is at the Bernabéu on Saturday, February 19, where they’ll face 18th-placed Alavés in La Liga.
10299 Real Madrid – Santiago Bernabéu Stadium will be available to purchase from LEGO.com and official Real Madrid stores from March 1, 2022 for £309.99 / $349.99 / €349.99. It’ll sit on shelves in LEGO Stores alongside 10284 Camp Nou – FC Barcelona and 10272 Old Trafford – Manchester United. Look out for our review soon.