If you tune into a Barcelona home match this season then you’ll probably notice they aren’t playing at the Nou Camp.
That’s because the Spanish league champions are renovating their iconic stadium and have relocated to a temporary venue for at least the 2023/24 campaign.
Barcelona have taken action due to the aging ground facing structural problems and falling into a state of decay – but president Joan Laporta has vowed that the upgraded Nou Camp will be the best in the world.
As well as bringing the Nou Camp’s facilities into the 21st century, the capacity of the club’s historic home will be expanded from 99,354 to 105,000.
A roof clad with solar panels will also be added to the top of the bowl to improve sustainability, power a screen that will run around the interior of the stadium and stop spectators from getting wet. That’s good of them.
How much is it all costing? Well, the project is estimated to be setting Barcelona bigwigs back more than €1.5billion.
Due to the Nou Camp being unavailable for the time being, Barcelona have relocated to the Olympic Stadium, in the Montjuïc area of the city, which boasts an official capacity of 54,367.
If the cost of the Nou Camp rebuild wasn’t painful enough, it is forecast the switch to their temporary home will see the club take an eye-watering €90million hit in lost revenue.
Barcelona kick off their competitive stay at the Olympic Stadium against Cadiz on Sunday, August 20.
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