Spanish La Liga football club Real Madrid has been given full approval for plans to enhance and expand its Estadio Santiago Bernabeu home stadium.

Madrid City Council yesterday (Wednesday) gave the green light to the project, which is expected to cost approximately €400m ($449.5m/£349.4m), according to Marca.

Planned improvements include the installation of a retractable roof on the stadium, as well as the construction of an on-site shopping centre and hotel.

In addition, the club is planning to redesign the stands at the Bernabeu, expand the Real Madrid Museum, improve accessibility and exit systems, as well as add 6,000 square metres of garden area.

Jose Manuel Calvo, the delegate for Sustainable Urban Development, said: “We think this is a good project for the city of Madrid.”

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