Barcelona unveil plans to revolutionise the Nou Camp which will modernise 99,000-seater stadium and fit it with a roof… even though president Joan Laporta announced £1.15BILLION debt this year
- Barcelona have unveiled plans to modernise its iconic Nou Camp stadium
- The Catalans will create a ‘safer stadium with better entrances’ along with a roof
- More facilities will be made for fans along with new VIP areas and bigger seats
- The renovation is part of a transformation of the 18-acre area around the ground
- A new basketball arena, hotel, ice rink, club offices and bus stations will be made
- Barcelona revealed their plans by saying that ‘other clubs have new grounds’
- A referendum will be held to decide whether Joan Laporta’s plans will go through
Barcelona have released their new plans to renovate their Nou Camp stadium as part of the ‘Espai Barca’ makeover that will transform the club’s facilities.
The Spanish giants’ president Joan Laporta wants to renovate the club which will include making the club’s 90,000-seater stadium one ‘that is at the avantgarde of technology’.
The Catalans have promised a ‘safer stadium with better entrances’ while every single seat will be covered underneath a stadium roof, unlike the current version of the Nou Camp which is completely uncovered.
Barcelona have unveiled plans to modernise their 99,000 seater Nou Camp stadium
The Barcelona ground will have more facilities for fans, new VIP areas and a stadium roof
Barcelona will also create more facilities for supporters, including new VIP areas, while the seats inside the stadium – the fourth largest football arena in the world – will also be bigger after the plans are completed.
The new stadium will have ‘sustainability at the DNA of the project’ with solar panels on the new Nou Camp stadium, with geothermal energy and a new water recycling system placed underneath the ground.
Barcelona’s iconic stadium has been relatively untouched since it was built in 1957 and the Spanish club revealed in a promotional video that a motivation behind the renovation plans was due to the fact that ‘all the other clubs have a new stadium’.
The move will be part of a modernisation of the 18-acre area that surrounds the stadium
Barcelona’s current Camp Nou stadium has been relatively untouched since it was built in 1957
Barcelona will also revolutionise the ‘Plau Blaugrana’ basketball venue to a 15,000 seater arena
The Catalans made reference to Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in north London, Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano ground, the Etihad Stadium belonging to Manchester City and the recently renovated Santiago Bernabeu.
The Bernabeu, the home of Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid, welcomed fans again earlier this year after 18 months of renovation, which saw Los Blancos play their first-team matches in their academy stadium at their training ground.
When the new stadium is completed in 2022, the Bernabeu’s capacity will be increased to 85,000, with the football arena’s height increased by ten metres while a retractable roof and pitch will be part of the new ground.
Barcelona’s new plans come as Real Madrid hope to finish their stadium renovation next year
Barcelona’s Camp Nou renovation is part of a 18-acre heritage renovation of the area surrounding the stadium, which will see the surrounding urban areas given a makeover, along with Barcelona’s ‘Plau Blaugrana’ basketball arena.
A new hotel, set of club offices, a parking lot for buses and a pavilion with an ice rink will also be constructed as part of the proposed renovation plans.
Barcelona president Laporta announced the plans on Tuesday and a referendum among the club’s members will take place to decide whether the renovation goes ahead.
The LaLiga club have been in financial turmoil for some time, with Laporta announcing a £1.15billion debt earlier this year. The economic woes led to the departure of talisman Lionel Messi as Barcelona were unable to hang on to their club captain and iconic No 10.
Barcelona have also vowed to improve the urban areas that circle the Camp Nou stadium
Barcelona president Joan Laporta (above) announced a club debt of £1.15billion this year
Laporta has regularly blamed the financial turmoil on the previous Barcelona board, led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, who the 59-year-old replaced as president earlier this year.
The coronavirus pandemic, which forced Barcelona’s matches to be played behind closed doors for 18 months, also played a role in the economic downfall of the club.
Football clubs in Spain are now allowed to stage 100 per cent capacity matches but thousands of seats remained empty for Barcelona’s win over Valencia last week, with this Sunday’s El Clasico derby with Real Madrid still far from a sell-out.
But Barcelona will hope that a new Camp Nou stadium will help attract more fans to watch club matches but also help it ‘continue to being the best club in the world.’
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