Barça Museum ‘Very Barça’ in tone and spirit


Barça Immersive Tour launched Image: FC Barcelona

The new museum of the LaLiga club FC Barcelona has been inaugurated next to the Palau Blaugrana (arena in Barcelona, Spain) in the building that used to house the Palau de Gel (an arena belonging to FC Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain).

‘FC Barcelona’ stated that the FC Barcelona President, Joan Laporta, FC Barcelona Museum Director, Jordi Penas, and GRUP MEDIAPRO Founding Member, Jaume Roures, were all in attendance at the event, and they were joined by the Councilor for Culture from the Catalan Government, Natalia Garriga, and other representatives from cultural organizations from the City of Barcelona.

Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known as Barça, is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that competes in LaLiga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Camp Nou, branded as Spotify Camp Nou for sponsorship reasons, is the home of LaLiga club FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. With a current seating capacity of 99,354, it is the stadium with the largest capacity in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world.

Demolition work of Spotify Camp Nou is underway in full steam and Barça is presently playing across the City at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.

The Espai Barça development plan goes well beyond modernization and reconstruction of FC Barcelona’s home venue Spotify Camp Nou. In addition to increasing the capacity of the current stadium to 105,000 from circa 99,000 and completely revamping the current structure of Spotify Camp Nou, the Espai Barça project entails building a new Palau Blaugrana with a capacity of 15,000, an additional court with a capacity of 2,000, an ice rink, a new social area, a new commercial area, revamped club offices, La Masía (read FC Barcelona’s youth academy), and an additional 5,000 parking spots.

The 55,926-capacity Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is a stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the City, it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1992 Summer Paralympics.

‘FC Barcelona’ further stated that the museum opened to the public on June 7th and this space will be used until the new museum at the under-redecoration-Spotify-Camp-Nou is inaugurated for the 2024-2025 seasons.

The event began with a tour for the guests led by the Barça President Laporta to enjoy the Barça Immersive Tour. This was also the moment when Laporta and the FC Barcelona Femení Coach, Jonatan Giráldez, along with Xavi Puig, the Director responsible for women’s football, Markel Zubizarreta, Sports Manager for FC Barcelona Femení, and Xavier Budó, Director of Sports for FC Barcelona, placed the second Women’s Champions League trophy to be won by the women’s team in the cabinet.

The various dignitaries present on the occasion delivered their speeches and the new Espai Barça manifesto was also presented.

Noted Jordi Penas, Museum Director, “The Museum has several aspects to it and it represents the passion, dreams, the future, feelings, and ambitions of everyone visiting the Museum from all over the globe.”

Roures explained that the aim was “to do what we did in 2010”, referring to the refurbishment of the Spotify Camp Nou Museum, and described the new facility as “a unique space in Europe where one can relive landmark moments in the club’s history.”

President Laporta delivered the final speech, and prior to announcing the countdown to inaugurate the museum, he stated, “An invitation to every FC Barcelona fan and sports fan to go on a tour of the Museum which promises to be full of feelings, interactions and action.”

Laporta also thanked GRUP MEDIAPRO for their work in record time to deliver what he termed as “a marvel in the world of museums which evoke feelings”, and defined the space as “showcasing Barça’s history at its best in conformity with the values laid down by the club’s Founder, Joan Gamper, in bringing FC Barcelona closer to the fans, the City, and the region.”

He also stated that the Museum was “Very Barça and mirrors what the under-renovation Spotify Camp Nou will look like.”

Barça Museum

The Barça Museum holds a lot of historical significance and will also contribute to the economic growth of the club.

The Museum under construction in the under-renovation Spotify Camp Nou will come armed with tech bells and whistles. It will also help the club to rake in revenue.

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