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Adopt best practice in naming public facilities after people

What you need to know:

  • When they utter the name Santiago Bernabeu in pride or in dread, many football fans globally don’t know that they are keeping alive the legend of a man of vision and selflessness
  • Why we name public spaces after particular individuals should be easy to explain. It is to recognise their achievements and to ensure that their good example is not forgotten and that it will serve as an inspiration to successor generations. It gets harder when we enter the arena of who gets to be honoured and why they deserve the honour. 
  • Determination of who an important person in a community is largely depends on the culture of the community in question

The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid, is a monument to the city’s most illustrious football son. It is also about the complex relationships between communities and the public servants who manage their affairs.

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