Look behind the scenes of the gaming operations of the FC Barcelona. Here you can book tickets for the admission to Europe's largest football stadium, the Camp Nou. No standing in line at the box office, you can go inside whenever you like.
The Camp Nou is FC Barcelona's home stadium. The stadium was inaugurated in September 1957. Read about the history of the stadium.
The Camp Nou Experience leads you behind the scenes of the FC Barcelona and the gaming operation in this breath taking stadium.
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We will send the tickets to you via e-mail (PDF file) immediately after booking. You just have to print them out and can show them directly at the entrance or scan the barcode on the ticket.
Latest entry: one hour before the stadium closes
Within the "Camp Nou Experience", you can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire stadium from the press box. You will see the dressing room and visit the chapel, as some players do before the game; experience walking through the player tunnel to the sanctuary of the stadium, the lawn. You'll see the press room, where coaches and executives hold press conferences, and the mixed zone, where Messi and Co. give post-game interviews on the field.
Afterwards, you will see documentaries about FC Barcelona in the multi media zone, in the museum you will see the exciting history of the club and important trophies will be on display in the original
For the opening in 1957, the stadium had 90,000 seats, which was 30,000 more than Barça's previous stadium "Les Corts" had. For the Football World Cup 1982, which took place in Spain, the Camp Nou was extended in 1980 to the upper rank and thus had over 120,000 places.
Due to restrictions imposed by UEFA, space was reduced to around 98,500 seats.
The Camp Nou stadium is 48 metres high, 250 metres long and 220 metres wide. In total, it covers an area of 55,000 m². All seats can be evacuated within 5 minutes.
On November 17, 1982, Pope John Paul II visited Camp Nou and preached in front of 120,000 believers. He has since been a member of FC Barcelona.
Camp Nou has received the 5-star award from UEFA. This requires certain security measures in the stadium. For example, the stadium is monitored with cameras, escape routes are sufficiently available and accessible, security and police ensure that there is no riots in the stadium or well-known hooligans do not even get inside of the stadium. That's how it is in Central Europe as well: in the league stadiums there is quite high security. Rioting or beating in between the "fan groups" is extremely rare in the stadium. The vast majority of visitors "only" want to see a football match. So it is not a problem at all to go to a game in the stadium with children.
Overall, the problem of violent hooligans in Spain is much smaller than in many other countries. For security aspects, there is no reason not to attend a match of FC Barcelona.
On 22 September 2007, the draft for a stadium expansion was presented to the public. The contract for the planning of the stadium renovation was awarded to the renowned architecture firm Norman Foster.
However the plans to expand the stadium were put on hold due to high debts of FC Barcelona. Smaller projects, such as the new construction of the basketball stadium, were supposed to be realized first.
The Camp Nou - although legendary and extremely impressive - is quite old and is therefore supposed to be rebuilt according to the intention of the club presidium. After the financing was cleared, more than 70% of the voting members decided for the 600 million Euro project in a referendum on April 5th, 2014.
Reconstructing the Camp Nou
The aim of the new building plans "Nou Espai Barça" is to give the stadium a distinctive face that is unmistakably connected to FC Barcelona. But not only the Camp Nou is going to be rebuilt, also the indoor sports such as basketball will receive a new Palau Blaugrana with 12,000 seats, the ice hockey team a new ice rink, the museum its own building, the administration a new office building, the guests an underground garage with 5,000 parking spots and the visitors of a game are expected to have a much more comfortable interior: they want to set up new VIP areas and improve overall logistics within the stadium. On top of that barriers for persons with disabilities will be removed.
And most importantly, the stadium will be the largest pure football stadium in the world with 105,000 seats.
The facade can be illuminated in the club colors blue-red, the lighting effects adapt to the time of day and the event. Even modernist elements can be seen in the stadium.
Construction will start in 2018 and should last until 2022. Since the current game operation is of course not to be interrupted, the new construction of the sports complex is done in several stages: First, the Mini Estadi, the second-team stadium in another place outside is reconstructed. The new Palau Blaugrana will replace it. After the demolition of the old sports palace, the underground car park will be built in the immediate vicinity of Camp Nou.
Afterwards the museum and the supporting structures for the facades of the stadium will be built. The next step is the new interior of the Camp Nou and the new upper tier of the main grandstand. When the new stands are erected, first the facade and then the roof is attached. Finally, outbuildings such as the administration building are reconstructed.
Overall, the redesign of the area should cost € 600 million. Camp Nou is by far the biggest contributor with € 420 million. The new Palau Blaugrana costs € 90 million, the parking lots and infrastructure € 40 million, land purchases € 30 million and the new mini-stadium € 20 million.
The original 8-year financing plan envisaged that around € 400 million will be generated by the new building itself and sponsors: € 200 million come from additional revenue from entrance fees and better marketing opportunities; € 200 million come from the naming rights at the new stadium. It is still supposed to be called "Camp Nou" and will only receive one sponsor supplement. A newer financing model from 2017 envisages € 400 million from the granting of naming rights, of which € 200 million will be used to build the stadium. Another € 200 million will be financed through loans. The funds were available with expiration of an old loan from 2015 on. The loan should have a term of 4 years.