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Camp Nou renovation: Barcelona selling old turf to raise funds

Ever since the end of the 2022/23 season, Barcelona have been working on a Camp Nou renovation. The Catalans' famous old stadium – which has a capacity of 99,354 – is the largest in Europe, but structural work was considered a necessity to bring the stadium into the 21st century and to ensure supporter safety.

Over the past decade, the club have watched on as rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have modernised or moved stadia. Real Madrid's Bernabeu renovation lasted four years but is now complete, while Atletico Madrid left the Vicente Calderon Stadium to move to the state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano.

Barcelona's Camp Nou renovation is expected to take two years and is so invasive that they have been forced to leave their spiritual home for work to be completed. As a result, for this season and next season they are playing their home games at Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, which has been vacant since Espanyol left the stadium in 2009.

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Barcelona are getting imaginative in their ways to fund the Camp Nou renovation – Photo by Icon sport

How Barcelona are funding the Camp Nou renovation

Funding the renovation work at the Camp Nou hasn't been easy with the club's financial woes already well-documented. In total, the renovation is expected to across around £1.3bn so they have had to get clever in the money-raising stakes.

The club were forced into selling the naming rights of the stadium to Spotify in order to gain significant sums of cash while they have also sold off their domestic television rights to third parties. The club have still managed to be active in the transfer market but they have recently thought of a new method to raise funds to help with the work at the Camp Nou.

Since last Autumn, the club have been selling patches of grass from the Camp Nou to supporters via their official website. The cheapest grass is presented in the middle of a small-scale model of the stadium for £43 while the most expensive is presented inside a wooden frame for £360.

Fans can also purchase model figures of some of the club's most iconic players, from the past and the present including the likes of Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff, Xavi, Robert Lewandowski and Frenkie de Jong. They can then put these model players on top of the real Camp Nou turf.

The club is relaying the turf at the Camp Nou as part of the renovation work, meaning there is plenty of turf to go around. The money earned may help to fund the new turf which will be relaid in time for the club's return to the Camp Nou ahead of the 2025/26 campaign.