Camp Nou , is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia . The stadium, located in the west of the city, has been the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957.
FC Barcelona’s Stadium official name was Estadi del FC Barcelona until 2000, when the club membership vote to change the official name to the popular nick name Camp Nou.
It has hosted numerous international matches at a senior level including two UEFA Champions League finals, the most recent being in 1999. It seats 99,354, making it the largest stadium in Europe and the twelfth largest in the world in terms of capacity.
Camp Nou has been used for various purposes other than football, often hosting major concerts.
The construction of Camp Nou started on 28 March 1954 as Barcelona’s previous stadium, Camp de Les Corts had no room for expansion.
Construction took three years, going 336% over budget for a final cost of 288 million pesetas. The stadium was officially opened on 24 September 1957. Handel’s Messiah was performed at the opening of the stadium.
The stadium’s facilities include a memorabilia shop, mini pitches for training matches, and a chapel for players. The stadium also houses the most visited museum in Catalonia, El Museu del Barça, which receives about 1.200.000 visits per year. The museum was inaugurated in 1984 under the presidence of Josep Lluís Nuñez. The museum shows 1.420 pieces about FC Barcelona’s history, of which 420 are trophies.
The inauguration ceremony of the 1982 World Cup was held on June 13. In front of a 100,000 strong crowd, Belgium beat Argentina 1-0.
Camp Nou in the future
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the stadium, the club was calling for for architects to develop a project for re-modeling the stadium. In September 2007 the award-winning UK architect Lord Foster was declared the winner of this €250m face-lift .
Construction of the new Camp Nou work will begin in 2009 and is due to be completed by the start of the 2011-2012 season.
The aim of the project is to turn the stadium into an integrated and highly visible urban environment. Whilst not aiming for a substantial increase in seating capacity, proposals must accommodate a minimum of 50% of seats to be under cover. There will be about 120,000 seats.
- Full name -Camp Nou
- Former names -Estadi del FC Barcelona (1957–2000)
- Built 1954–1957
- Opened -24 September 1957
- Renovated -1994, 2008
- Expanded -1982
- Owner- FC Barcelona
- Architects- Phillip Francesc , Josep Soteras . Lorenzo García – Barbón Joaquin
- Capacity – 99,354
- Field dimensions- 105 × 68 m (344 × 223 ft)