Why are Barcelona moving from Camp Nou and what stadium are they playing at next season?
Barcelona will not be able to play their home matches at the Camp Nou during the 2023-24 season. The Catalan club are renovating their stadium in time for 2026, but will only use a different ground for the 2023-24 campaign.
For that season, Barcelona will play their home games at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, which is also known as the Montjuic Olympic Stadium.
Here is all of the information that you need to know about Barcelona’s upcoming stadium move.
Why are Barcelona moving stadiums?
Barcelona are renovating their historic Camp Nou stadium as part of a £1.3 billion renovation project. That will involve increasing the capacity of the stadium from 99,354 seats to 105,000.
There will be significant improvements to the stadium, including a roof being added, while the ground will be renamed the Spotify Camp Nou as part of a lucrative sponsorship deal worth £237 million.
🏟️ Welcome to Spotify Camp Nou!
💙❤️ @Spotify pic.twitter.com/YLjOZCilgu
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 1, 2022
Although Barcelona will continue to play at the ground in 2022-23 with only minimum disruption, they will be unable to play there in 2023-24 while renovation work is taking place.
The project of upgrading the Camp Nou was suggested in 2014 and, following several delays, plans are now in place for the improvements to be made.
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What are the details of Spotify’s sponsorship deal?
A new dawn at the Camp Nou kicks off from July 1 as Spotify’s official partnership with the La Liga giants officially kicks off.
Within the agreement, the Swedish music streaming platform becomes the club’s title sponsor, including stadium naming rights and significant branding presence inside the iconic arena.
Additionally, the agreement also includes the Spotify logo appearing on the front of the men’s and women’s match and training kits from the start of 2022/23 for the next three years.
How long are Barcelona moving stadiums for?
It is anticipated that Barcelona will only spend one season playing away from the Camp Nou, although when they return in the 2024-25 season the ground will be operating at 50 per cent capacity (around 49,000).
For the 2022-23 season Barcelona will be able to use the Camp Nou at almost 100 per cent capacity. In April, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said: “Practically 100% of the capacity is expected. I say practically because the works can affect them minimally at specific times.”
Barcelona will not be moving for long as they do not want to pay too much money in terms of rent.
Where will Barcelona play next season?
Reports from The Athletic, on March 31, 2023, confirmed the next phase of Barcelona’s Camp Nou redevelopment, with the team temporarily moving out of their famous home next season.
The Barcelona board have now approved the £1.34bn/$1.61bn Espai Barca redevelopment project, which includes major renovations to the stadium, and the surrounding area.
📍Spotify Camp Nou pic.twitter.com/1NXavdTa4T
— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) March 29, 2023
Barcelona will play all home games at the Estadi Lluis Companys/Olympic Stadium next season, formerly home to Catalan rivals Espanyol, after being constructed for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The move sees Barcelona leave the Camp Nou for the first time since the 1950’s, and turns worldwide attention to one of the most historic sporting arenas in Spain, in the Montjuic area of Barcelona.
The original stadium was built in 1927 and was inaugurated on May 20, 1929 by King Alfonso XIII, one day after the opening of the International Exhibition.
During the Games of the XXV Olympiad, the Estadi Olimpic was the scene of the opening and closing ceremonies, the athletics track competitions and the finish sections of the marathon and walk events. The current installation is the result of the remodelling of the old stadium designed by Pere Domenech i Roure in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition.
This remodelling consisted of maintaining the historic exterior facade and destroying and redoing the interior of the stadium to increase the capacity and comfort of the services and also to adapt to the requirements of high-level competition.
62 years ago today, the Nou Camp officially opened 💙❤️
In a stadium that has seen some some truly breathtaking football, these seven minutes might just be the most miraculous it has ever witnessed…
Just incredible 😲🙌 pic.twitter.com/YSmSrUXFe8
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 24, 2019
In 1955 the stadium was the main facility for the II Mediterranean Games but afterwards largely fell into disuse until the 1992 Olympics, when the stadium was gutted, with new facades being built.
In 2001 it was renamed the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium in the homage to the president of the Generalitat who was shot by the Franco regime.
It has previously hosted international matches for Spain and Andorra, as well as Copa del Rey finals.
From 1997 to 2009 it was the home ground for Barcelona’s local rivals Espanyol.
Interestingly, it was also the ground where Lionel Messi made his Barcelona debut against Espanyol in 2004.
The stadium will be able to hold around 55,000 fans, although there are no plans for increasing the capacity of the stadium. The new ground is around a 7km drive from the Nou Camp.
Barcelona will have to pay between Є15 million and Є20 million (£12.8 million and £17.1 million) in order to rent the stadium for the entirety of the 2023-24 season.
Barcelona have worked with the City council on a mobility plan to help supporters get to the stadium. These plans are expected to cost around Є7.2 million (£6. 1 million). Barcelona will pay 64 per cent of the costs, with the City council covering the over 36 per cent.
The stadium will be used for all of Barcelona’s home games during the 2023-24 campaign as well as some training sessions. In addition, the Barcelona women’s team may use it for some matches.
Which other teams have moved from their home stadium during a rebuild?
Other clubs that have temporarily moved during a rebuild include Real Madrid, who played at their training ground in Valdebebas between 2020 to 2021 while improvements were being made to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tottenham played at Wembley between 2017 and 2019 as their new stadium was constructed on the site of their old White Hart Lane ground.
Fulham shared QPR’s Loftus Road ground from 2002 to 2004 while Craven Cottage was undergoing reconstruction.
When will the new Camp Nou stadium be ready and what is the capacity?
It is anticipated that the new Camp Nou will be ready for use at full capacity in 2026. It should be finished in the last quarter of 2025, but it will take some time after that before it can be used. The new capacity of the stadium will be 105,000, an increase from 99,354.
Why is Barca not playing at Camp Nou next season: New home, and more
If a list of the most iconic football stadiums were to be made, Barcelona’s Camp Nou would rank near the top.
With a capacity of 99,354, it is a significant source of income for Barcelona. Being witness to numerous magical moments, it has a rich history. However, Barcelona will have to say goodbye to Camp Nou next season and maybe more. This is due to redevelopment work being done at the iconic venue.
Camp Nou redevelopment
When Joan Laporta won the election to become Barcelona’s President, one of his major campaign promises was the “Espai Barca” project.
Under this project, Spotify Camp Nou will be redeveloped to bring it along the lines of more modern stadiums. In addition, its capacity will be increased to 105,000.
Also, the areas surrounding the stadium will undergo large-scale renovation. This includes Estadi Johan Cruyff (Stadium of Barca’s women’s team and Barca Atletic), and Ciutat Deportiva Joan Gamper (training ground and academy).
This is how the new ‘Palau Blaugrana’ will look like after Espai Barça project.
– The Palau Blaugrana is home to various divisions of Barça such as Basketball, Handball, Roller hockey, Futsal etc.
– Concerts and shows will also be held in the new Palau.#fcblive pic.twitter.com/OdvWoWuyj9
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) March 30, 2023
Japanese company Nikken Sekkei beat 8 other bidders for the rights to lead this project for Barcelona. The project is expected to cost upwards of €1 billion. However, the hope and projection are that this will create a steady stream of income and maximise the overall earning potential of the club.
Where will Barcelona play their home games next season?
While the redevelopment work starts, Barcelona have informed Spanish football’s governing body RFEF that they will play their home games next season at Estadi Olimpipc Lluis Companys in Montjuic.
They will be following Real Madrid’s example. Los Blancos played out last season’s home games at their training ground as Santiago Bernabeu was being redeveloped.
When will Barcelona return to Camp Nou?
Barcelona are expected to return to Camp Nou by November 2024. However, the stadium redevelopment is expected to take till June 26. However, Barcelona have clearance to extend their stay at their makeshift home by a year if Camp Nou is not in usable condition by next year.
Furthermore, Barcelona are expected to use only 50% of Camp Nou’s capacity even for the 2024/25 season. This is because the renovation of the stadium will still be ongoing. For comparison, Real Madrid are back playing their home games at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium but work is still underway there.
The Estadi Lluís Companys is a stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
It is one of the most emblematic sporting facilities in Barcelona, the star of the Olympic Games of 1992.
It hosts important sporting and cultural events and there are also guided tours of the facilities. pic.twitter.com/fDmE7BSYew
— 𝚄𝙶𝙾𝙲𝙷𝚄𝙺𝚆𝚄⚡️ (@UgoOsinobi) March 30, 2023
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s temporary home, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys has an estimated capacity of 55,000-60,000, which is nowhere near Camp Nou’s capacity, although far greater than Alfredo di Stefano Stadium (6,000), Real Madrid’s training ground where they played their games last season.
Crucial few years for Barcelona
After coming through years of financial turmoil under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona are now starting to become competitive again. Even though they remain embroiled in some scandals, including the recent referee payments one, the club has been defiant in the face of criticism.
Following the current president, Rafael Yuste’s bombshell announcement of them working on Messi’s return to Barcelona, the club is looking at all means possible to maximise their income.
Xavi: “Of course I love Leo Messi! I saw him growing up at Barça… and it’s also normal to see people excited with his potential return” 🔵🔴🇦🇷 #Messi
🏀 “Everyone would like to see Messi’s Last Dance like Michael Jordan!”, Xavi has added. pic.twitter.com/OaznrpT6pl
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 31, 2023
With the matchday revenue taking a hit due to the moving of stadiums, Lionel Messi’s return would be an effective shot in the arm of Barcelona’s finances.
Furthermore, it has been reported that head coach Xavi is close to agreeing on a new contract at the club. With the La Liga title this season in sight, Barcelona are looking to use this success as a launchpad for future wins. Laporta has preached the theory of the “virtuous cycle” ever since he came to power.
With the Espai Barca project taking shape, Xavi extending his contract and the potential landmark homecoming for Lionel Messi, the next few years could finally bring the club out of the darkness it has been mired in for years now.
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Result Barcelona – Atletico April 23, 2023: score and match statistics
In the central match of the 30th round of the Spanish La Liga, Barcelona will host Atlético at the Camp Nou. The confrontation will take place on April 23 at 17:15 Moscow time. “Barcelona” has not won in La Liga for the past two rounds. Will the “blue garnet” score three points in the match against the wards of Diego Simeone?
Indicative lineups for the match Barcelona – Atlético:
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen – Alba, Kunde, Araujo, Garcia – Gavi, Busquets, Kessie – Balde, Lewandowski, Rafinha Pedri, Roberto (all – injury)
Atletico (4-4-2): Oblak – Hermoso, Jimenez, Witzel, Molina – Carrasco, Koke, De Paul, Correa – Morata, Griezmann
Will not play : Depay, Mandawa (both injured), Kondogbia, Llorente (yellow bust)
Referee : José María Sánchez Martinez
This season the referee averages 4.56 JC, recording an average of 26.75 fouls per game.
Prediction for the main outcomes of the match Barcelona – Atlético
After losing 0:4 to Real Madrid, the Blue Garnets played two matches in La Liga and both matches ended with a score of 0:0. “Atletico” are now in great shape, the guests managed to win six victories in a row and are chasing Real Madrid. At the moment, Barça still has an impressive lead over Real Madrid, so they can safely prepare for this match and even losing points will not be something catastrophic, but Atlético is not desirable to lose points. We suggest placing a bet on X2 for 1.86
Prediction for total goals
It’s time for Barcelona to score, because for three matches in a row it has not been possible for the Blue Garnet. At the same time, the “mattress” is now in perfect order, 15 matches in a row the guests score at least one goal. Also, in seven of the last ten head-to-head meetings at the Camp Nou, the bet on “Both to score – yes” played, so you can bet on the OC (yes) for 1.95
Forecast for corner kicks
During the home matches of Barcelona ” averages 7.43 corners, while Atlético Madrid average exactly four corners away. On corners, we expect an advantage in favor of Barca, this was the case in four of the last six matches at the Camp Nou, so we take P1 corner for 1.54
Prediction for yellow cards
1.57 FC are received on average by Barcelona players during home matches and 2.64 FC by mattress covers during away games. The arbiter is loyal, he must let play, so we expect that no more than four “mustard plasters” will be shown. We take ZhKM (5.5) for 1.61
The author of the forecast: Alexander Babanakov
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