Concerts at the Bernabéu stadium irritate local residents in Madrid, the town hall announces heavy fines

Concerts at the Bernabéu stadium irritate local residents in Madrid, the town hall announces heavy fines
Concerts at the Bernabéu stadium irritate local residents in Madrid, the town hall announces heavy fines

The party is in full swing at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Since the venue began programming concerts a month ago, all five shows that have taken place have been the subject of complaints for non-compliance with permitted sound levels, reported El País Wednesday May 29, 2024. As a result, the municipality has decided to impose significant sanctions on the organizers.

Nearly 30 dB above the limit

This is what Borja Carabante, town planning delegate, announced just before the first of two Taylor Swift concerts was held in the arena on Tuesday. Since the arrival of musical shows at the Bernabéu, following its recent renovation, many residents of the Chamartín district in the heart of which the stadium is located have complained.

While the maximum decibel level (dB) between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. is set at 58 dB, our colleagues atThe Country measured levels on May 18 at 10 p.m. reaching 86 dB with the window open and 71 dB with the window closed in a resident’s apartment. Noise pollution is all the more annoying because it lasts a large part of the day with the repetition, and sometimes takes place several times during the week, the latter adding to the usual nuisances linked to football matches.

Real Madrid forced to act

After observing these violations for itself, the municipality announced the application of financial sanctions. According to article 62 of the Noise Protection Ordinance, noise pollution can range from €600 to €300,000. In this case, it would have been decided to impose a fairly high fine, amounting to €20,000. However, it may seem insignificant compared to the sums generated by some of these concerts. Forbes estimated that Taylor Swift earns between $10 million and $13 million for each concert on “The Eras Tour.”

Real Madrid, owner of the stadium, was warned by the municipality which invited it to act. The club “must take measures to improve soundproofing and, for this reason, Real Madrid announced today that it will place elements to create a noise barrier”, declared Borja Carabante during his speech. Enough to hope for a slight improvement before the concerts of Manuel Carrasco on June 8, Luis Miguel on July 6 and 7 and Karol G from July 20 to 23.

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