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Barcelona stadium renovation: Latest news of Spotify Camp Nou in March 2024

What is the latest news regarding the Barcelona stadium renovation? We have you covered in this article.

The famous Spotify Camp Nou stadium, which is the home of FC Barcelona, is currently unrecognisable due to the ongoing renovation.

Camp Nou History

Having opened in 1957 to replace the former stadium of FC Barcelona, Les Courts. The official capacity when first built was 93,053, but that was increased to 120,000 for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. However, due to new regulations outlawing standing areas, the capacity was reduced to just under 99,000.

Camp Nou hosted the first European Cup Winner's final in 1972. Over the years, Nou Camp has become one of the most feared soccer stadiums, especially by opponents. A trip to Camp Nou is always likely to end in defeat for opponents. Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu has become the only venue that closely rivals Camp Nou, but that latter's current capacity of 105,000 is one of the biggest in Europe.

The ongoing renovation works at Cam Nou were hatched in 2014 and were set to start in 2017. In the plan, the club intends to increase the capacity by redeveloping areas such as completely rebuilding the first tier, adding a roof to all seats and the top tier will also be extended.

Why is the Barcelona stadium renovation taking place?

The initial intention for the current renovation was to make Camp Nou the third largest stadium in the world behind the Narendra Modi Stadium in India which has a capacity of 132,000 and the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea, which can seat 114,000 spectators. Due to the dire financial situation at the club, some of the plans for the renovation were scrapped to keep to a budget of $900m.

What will the stadium look like once the Camp Nou renovation is completed?

The renovated Camp Nou will have a retractable roof with solar panels that will “be used to power the new 360-degree screen that will run around the entire interior of the stadium.”

The stadium's exterior will also have a new look, with office complexes being built and various entertainment spaces.

The work officially began in early July 2022, but the stand's demolition behind the south gate did not start until September 1, 2022. The early work included removing elements from the rear of the stand and dismantling the central section of the top floor of the auditorium.

Those works were to be followed by the construction of new stairs and escape routes to restore the use of the seats not included in the remodelling on the first and second floors.

Barceloan stadium renovation
Photo by Icon Sport

Work began with the removal of the scoreboard and the removal of just under 4,000 seats, most of which were occupied by season pass holders who were offered a move to a similar area elsewhere in the stadium or were offered a temporary deferral of payment.

The 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup gave the renovation a boost due to there being no games played at Camp Nou.

This allowed for the dismantling of the reinforced concrete elements of the stand with the entire work being completed by the end of 2022 coming to a cost of $4.6 million. Erri Berri was the company contracted for this part of the renovation.

However, the work on the south stand was only a prelude to the start of the stadium renovation. The work started in full after the conclusion of Barcelona’s title-winning La Liga season.

Where is Barcelona playing while the Camp Nou undergoes renovation?

In early 2023, it was announced that the Turkish construction company, Limak, had won the contract to become the main contractor.

Due to the renovation, Barcelona will temporarily move to the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys which is located about 4 kilometres south-east of Camp Nou for the duration of the 2023/24 season. Due to the capacity of the Olympic Stadium being just 56,000, a significant number of Barcelona fans will have to cancel their season tickets.

FC Barcelona can return home in the 2024/25 season, but the capacity will have to be halved with the full renovation expected to be complete by the end of 2025.

Camp Nou renovation – July 2023

In a video captured by Mundo Deportivo, a large majority of the seats appear to have already been moved and the process of demolishing the concrete beams has begun.

March 2024

FC Barcelona presented redevelopment plans for the Spotify Camp Nou to the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) at an organised event on Monday, March 4.

Espai Barça is the name for the overall revamp of FC Barcelona’s sporting infrastructure, which includes the renovation of the club’s training and commercial facilities.

The meeting involved key members of Espai Barça explaining the importance of the project to the club's financial future in the coming decades, as well as detailing the sustainability of the renovation, which includes reusing concrete and steel from the old facility to be used in the construction of the new stadium.

The planned return date to Spotify Camp Nou is the final few months of 2024.

FAQs about Camp Nou renovation

How long will the renovation work at Cam Nou finish?

The current renovation of the Nou Camp is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Where is Barcelona currently playing their matches before going back to Camp Nou?

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys is the current Barcelona home-ground

Who are the leading architects in the renovation work at Camp Nou?

Barcelona Studio Pasual o AusioArquitectes and Nikken Sekkei are the main architecture firms in the Camp Nou renovation process.

What is the current capacity of Camp Nou?

There are 105, 000 seats at the Nou Camp

Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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