Camp Nou was constructed in 1957 and it is the largest stadium in both Spain and Europe
Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona Football Stadium, was inaugurated in 1957. It is one of the largest stadiums in the world and one of the biggest in capacity.
With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world in capacity. It has hosted two European Cup/Champions League finals in 1989 and 1999, two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals, four Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final games, five UEFA Super Cup final games, four Copa del Rey finals, two Copa de la Liga final games, twenty-one Supercopa de España final games, five matches including the opening game of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, two out of four matches at the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the football competition final at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The construction of Camp Nou started on 28 March 1954 as Barcelona's previous stadium, Camp de Les Corts, had no room for expansion. Although originally planned to be called the Estadi del FC Barcelona, the more popular name Camp Nou was used. The June 1950 signing of László Kubala, regarded as one of Barcelona's greatest players, provided further impetus to the construction of a larger stadium.
The architects were Francesc Mitjans and Josep Soteras, with the collaboration of Lorenzo García-Barbó.
In January 2014, Barcelona's board of directors rejected the option of building a new stadium due to financial constraints and instead opted to remodel the Camp Nou to bring the capacity up to 105,000. The project is expected to cost around £495 million (€600 million) and the construction was expected to start in 2017 with a completion date of 2021-2022 with one of the most expensive seat to cost of expansion ratios. However, the work has been postponed. A refined plan was released on 26 May 2015, showing plans to add a canopy over the stands, and showing the plans for seating expansion in greater detail.
How to reach to Barcelona Stadium
- By train:
Approximately 680 metres from Camp Nou there is the Trambaix Avinguda de Xile station (lines T1, T2 and T3).
- By Metro:
The stadium is accessible from the Barcelona Metro with the closest stations to Camp Nou are Palau Reial, Maria Cristina and Les Corts, on L3; Badal on L5 and Collblanc on L5 or L9. All are 500 to 1,000 metres from Camp Nou, depending on which of the gates (accesses) to Camp Nou are used. Usually metro services are increased when there is a match with significant passenger congestion nonetheless.
Closest station to each access:
Accesses 1–10: Palau Reial.
Accesses 11–16: Collblanc.
Accesses 17 and 18: Badal.
Accesses 19–21: les Corts.
Currently a station for Camp Nou is under construction, on L9 and L10.
- By bus:
The bus lines with a stop close to Camp Nou are: TMB lines:
7 – Diagonal Mar/Z. Universitària
15 – Hosp. St. Pau/Collblanc
33 – Z. Universitària/Verneda
43 – Les Corts/Sant Adrià
50 – Collblanc / Trinitat Nova
54 – Estació Nord/Campus Nord
59 – Pg. Marítim/R. M. Cristina
63 – Pl. Universitat/Sant Joan Despí
67 – Pl. Catalunya/Cornellà
70 – Sants/Pg. Bonanova
72 – Distr. Gran Via l'Hospitalet/Bonanova
74 – Z. Universitària/Fabra i Puig
75 – Les Corts/Av. Tibidabo
78 – Est. Sants/St. Joan Despí
113 – La Mercè
V5 – Pedralbes / Mare de Déu de Port
H8 – Camp Nou / La Maquinista
D20 – Pg. Marítim / Ernest Lluch
L12 – Barcelona (Pl. Reina Maria Cristina)/Cornellà (Almeda)
Nitbus (approximately 22.30h-5h):
N2 – Hospitalet (Av. Carrilet)/Barcelona (Via Augusta)
N3 – Collblanc/Montcada i Reixac
N12 – Barcelona (Pl. Portal de la Pau)/St. Feliu de Llob. (La Salut)
N14 – Barcelona (Rda. Universitat)/Castelldefels (Centre vila)
Usually the lines 15, 43 and 56 service is stepped up, depending on the demand that may occur. Apart from that there are two special lines to Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer Square and to Catalunya Square when there are matches.
- From the airport:
The stadium is a significant 13.7 kilometres (8.5 mi) away from the El Prat International Airport which is a 40-minute drive considering the city's traffic. It is possible to use the L9 from the airport directly to Collblanc, and walk for about 9–12 minutes to the stadium as an alternative route.