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Plans to expand Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu soccer stadium have been put on hold after Madrid's regional high court ruled against the stadium expansion. The expansion had already been approved by City Hall, but the court ruled the changes would be against zoning laws.

By SI Wire
February 11, 2015

Plans to expand Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu soccer stadium have been put on hold after Madrid's regional high court ruled against the stadium expansion, Bruno Garcia Gallo of El Pais reports.

The expansion had already been approved by City Hall, but the court ruled the changes would be against zoning laws. According to documents obtained by El Pais, club president Florentino Pérez had planned to add a shopping mall and hotel complex to the stadium.

The roof of the hotel would have a space where a potential sponsor could add their name to the new complex. 

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Plans were originally approved on Nov. 15, 2012. 

While the Madrid High Court to voted against the plans which they say have "no public benefit," Real Madrid appears to be focused on making the improvements happen - even if it involves some compromise. 

The club said it will “work with the City Council and the Madrid regional government to address those aspects that require attention in order to make the Santiago Bernabéu remodeling project viable.”

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