The first ElClásico in this historic stadium was held a year after the venue’s inauguration, on September 19, 1948.
FC Barcelona won 1-2 that day, just as the Catalan club triumphed in the last game between these rivals at the Bernabéu, when Xavi’s men thrashed Carlo Ancelotti’s men 0-4 in March 2022.
In total, Real Madrid has won 50 of the 99 duels that have been played between these clubs so far in the Chamartín neighborhood of the Spanish capital. There have also been 22 draws and 27 wins for the Catalan club.
Although the Bernabéu continues to be the stadium that has hosted this match the most, there are also several others that have hosted the biggest derby in the world.
The first competitive meeting was in the Copa de la Coronación, held in 1902 at the Hipodromo de la Castellana in Madrid, a venue most used for horse racing at the time.
That was the only competitive ElClásico that was played there, while the other 248 have been divided between the Santiago Bernabéu (99), Camp Nou (89), Les Corts (30), Chamartín (17), Mestalla (3), O ‘Donnell (3), Metropolitano (2), Parque de Deportes Velodrome (1), Vicente Calderón (1), La Romareda (1), the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium (1) and the Rey Fahd International Stadium (1).
Logically, the four most ‘popular’ stadiums for ElClásico clashes have been the respective homes of the two clubs for much of their existence. Real Madrid played at the Chamartín Stadium from 1924 to 1946 before moving to the Bernabéu, while FC Barcelona called Les Corts home between 1922 and 1957 before moving to the Camp Nou.
More about the stadiums that have hosted the ElClásico matches
The Rey Fahd International Stadium in Saudi Arabia, where they met in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, was the thirteenth venue to host an official ElClásico match.
O’Donnell was the home of Real Madrid before the Chamartín Stadium and hosted some of the first matches, while Atlético de Madrid’s Metropolitan Stadium hosted Real Madrid’s ‘home’ ElClásico matches in the 1946/47 and 1947 seasons /48 while the Bernabéu was being built.
There have also been several ElClásico matches played at neutral venues for Copa del Rey finals: Valencia’s Mestalla has hosted three, Madrid’s Vicente Calderón one and Zaragoza’s La Romareda another.
Some other venues have also been used for friendly and exhibition matches over the years. The Camp de la Indústria hosted several matches in the 1910s, before LaLiga was formed and when exhibition matches were more common.
The city of Cádiz, in southern Spain, hosted a pre-season tournament every summer at the Ramón de Carranza Stadium and FC Barcelona and Real Madrid met there in 1959 and 1968. In 1982 they met in the Venezuela Cup at the Farid Richa Stadium from Barquisimeto. .
And then, in recent summers, Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium hosted an ElClásico friendly that FC Barcelona won 3-2 in July 2017 before Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium was the site of the July 2022 friendly that Barca won 1-0.