Barça to shift as Camp Nou rejig to start


FC Barcelona confirm move to Estadio Olímpico Lluís Companys for 23-24 season Image: FC Barcelona

The LaLiga team FC Barcelona (Spain) have confirmed that they will leave their iconic home venue – the Camp Nou Stadium – for a season while it undergoes a massive £1.3 billion renovation project.

Renovation work is all set to start at Camp Nou in and is due to take four years to complete.

The ‘All Football’ stated that the club announced recently that they will leave their historic ground and play the 2023-2024 campaign at the Olympic Stadium in Catalonia, which hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, a short hop across the City.

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

The 99,354-capacity Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. It opened in 1957 and has been the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion.

The Espai Barça development plan goes well beyond modernization and reconstruction of FC Barcelona’s home venue 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 the 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. This ambitious initiative has been in work for several years and is scheduled to be ready for the 2024-2025 seasons. In April 2014, Espai Barça was approved by the club’s members with a budget of $700 million.

The ‘All Football’ further stated that reports in Spain indicate the move to the stadium – also known as Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys or ‘Montjuic’ – will cost the cash-strapped club around £17million, before they return to Camp Nou – set to upgrade from 99,354 seats to 105,000.

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 1992 Summer Paralympics.

The renovation will include a roof being added and the stadium’s name being changed to ‘Spotify Camp Nou’ in a giant £237m sponsorship deal with the music streaming giant.

Xavi’s (Manager of FC Barcelona) side will play at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium around works in the upcoming 2022-2023 seasons, before their temporary exit and a return at reduced half capacity in 2024-2025. The club expect the works to give them an extra £160m per season once complete.

FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta confirmed the plans – part of the ‘Espai Barça’ project – were agreed with the Barcelona City Council – “FC Barcelona will play at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Stadium in the 2023-2024 seasons, while work is being done on the Espai Barça, for which the City Council recently granted the license. At Barça we are grateful to the City for helping us so much with the negotiations. FC Barcelona is committed to adapting the Olympic facilities and ensuring the comfort of our members and fans on matchday. We will modernize various services and auxiliary spaces such as the Press room, changing rooms and the indoor parking area. We estimate that the transfer will cost Barca 15-20 million euros (£13-17m).”

Added Laporta, “We are talking about the iconic venue of the Barcelona Olympics. We are talking about an international symbol of the City and we would like our season here, 2023-2024, to make this stadium the epicenter of Espai Barça supporters, shared with this great City that is Barcelona. All members and season ticket holders who want to come to the stadium will be able to do so by means of a democratic system on a rotation basis so that as many people as possible get the chance to be here at the Olympic Stadium.”

The Olympic Stadium, once home to Barcelona’s fierce intra-City rivals – peer team RCD Espanyol de Barcelona – from 1997-2009, holds 55,000 – a little over half of the Camp Nou’s top capacity – and Barcelona will update the ground to the tune of £15m before moving in.

The Barcelona City Council’s Deputy Mayor Jaume Collboni added, “I think this is the best way to celebrate 30 years of the Olympic Games in the City. We are honored and proud to welcome Barcelona to the stadium.”

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