Everything you need to know about one of the most iconic football stadiums on the planet, FC Barcelona's Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona and Catalonia national football team
Tuesday September 24, 1957
Camp Nou is the home of European footballing giants FC Barcelona, who play all domestic and European home fixtures at the iconic stadium.
The Catalonia national football team have also played a selection of their home fixtures at Camp Nou too.
Up until 2001, both were correct!
However, former president Joan Gaspart opted to call a referendum to obtain one single name for the stadium, and almost 70% of club members opted to vote for ‘Camp Nou’.
The stadium is still labelled as Nou Camp in some parts, but ‘Camp Nou’ is now the club’s official branding of the venue.
Camp Nou opened its doors to supporters on September 24, 1957, as Barcelona played host to a Polish side Warsaw.
The stadium, which cost four times the original budget to build, took three years to construct, and replaced the club’s previous home ground, Camp de les Corts, which despite holding 60,000 spectators, wasn’t deemed big enough to support the club’s continued supporter growth.
The current stadium capacity is 99,354 - the largest in Europe.
Yes, Camp Nou is set to undertake a major renovation over the next couple of years.
This will mean the club will be forced to play their home fixtures throughout the 2023/24 campaign on unfamiliar territory.
The ‘Espai barca’ project will see a redevelopment of both the stadium and the wider Barcelona campus, and see the Spanish giants make a temporary switch to the city’s Olympic Stadium to facilitate the construction work.
Barcelona will continue to play at Camp Nou throughout the 2022/23 campaign, but will spend 12 months at the 60,713 capacity Estadi Olimpic Lluis prior to making their return to their new-look home stadium in the summer of 2023.
Part of the work will see the capacity extended from 99,000 to 110,000, whilst also installing a new roof which is designed to boost sustainability by incorporating a state-of-the-art heat and cooling system.
Not quite, but at 110,000 it will become the third largest stadium on the planet, behind North Korea’s Rungrando 1st of May Stadium (114,000) and the gigantic 132,000 capacity Narendra Modi Stadium in India.
Just over 120,000 supporters packed inside Camp Nou for the 1986 European Cup (now Champions league) quarter final between FC Barcelona and Juventus.
This was however before the stadium became an all-seater venue.
The field size at Camp Nou has varied over the years, dependent upon managers’ preference.
However, the current size stands at 105 m x 68 m (115 yd x 74 yd), which is the maximum size allowed as part of UEFA’s governing regulations.
The stadium is located in the Les Corts district of Barcelona - approximately 2.5 km from the coastline.
Camp Nou, in English, simply means ‘New Ground’, and it was a title that was adopted after the club made the switch from their previous Camp de les Corts home, back in 1957.
Camp Nou is easy to reach by metro, with numerous stations lying within a 10 minute walk away from the stadium.
Station Les Corts, Maria Cristina and Palau Reial are all within close proximity of the stadium and are accessible via varying metro lines from within the city.
Visitors are also able to use the city’s other public transport links, such as tourist buses to make their way to the venue.
You can also drive to the Camp Nou, however car parking, especially on matchdays, often proves problematic.
The stadium address is: Camp Nou, Calle Arístides Mallol 12, 08028 Barcelona.
Absolutely, the stadium is accessible to supporters on match days, whilst you can also undertake extensive stadium tours on non-match days.
Camp Nou celebrates the club’s long and proud history with an impressive FC Barcelona museum, which pays homage to former players, iconic matches and trophies.
Official tours and match day tickets can be purchased directly through the club’s official website.
In terms of football - plenty!
The stadium has hosted two European Cup / Champions League finals, two European Cup Winners’ Cup finals, four Inter-Cities Fairs Cup finals, five UEFA Super Cup games, four Copa del Rey finals, two Copa de la Liga finals and 21 Supercopa de Espana finals!
Quite a list, right.
And that is without mentioning the many standout FC Barcelona fixtures, as well as playing host to five 1982 FIFA World Cup fixtures, two 1964 European Nations’ Cup encounters as well as the 1992 summer Olympic Games Gold medal match.
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