Friday 30 September 2016

Camp Nou look: Barca announce plans to up capacity to 105,000

John Brennan

Published 09/03/2016 | 10:40

What the Nou Camp will look like
What the Nou Camp will look like

If Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are still plying their trade with Barcelona in five years time they will be doing so in a newly revamped Camp Nou.

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The Catalan club have unveiled plans to upgrade what is already Europe’s biggest stadium at reported cost of nearly €650m.

The capacity is set to be boosted to 105,000.

The Spanish and European champions released a statement announcing the plans alongside concept images of the four-year upgrade.

Carrying out the stadium revamp will be Japanese architectural company Nikken Sekkei along with Catalan architects Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.

There were a total of eight bids for the expansion of the stadium with the two being selected by members of Barcelona as well as city officials.

A statement on the club’s website said, "The Nikken Sekkei [and] Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic.

Adding that the revamped stadium would be, “a silent and powerful tribute to the stadium built by Francesc Mitjans in 1957."

The upgrade is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2021/22 season.

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With Barcelona announcing plans to expand what is already Europe’s biggest stadium, here’s a list of the ten biggest stadia in Europe.

1)    Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.

Soon to be expanded to a 105,000 capacity stadium, the home grounds of FC Barcelona is Europe’s largest stadium. The stadium was built in 1957 and had a capacity of over 115,000 for a time before being redeveloped and the capacity was reduced.

The fresh plans for expansion are estimated to be completed by the start of the 2021-22 campaign.

2)    Wembley Stadium, London, England

Despite the grumblings over the quality of the pitch itself – the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium in London is the England’s national football stadium.

The original Wembley stadium was demolished in the early 2000’s and this stadium rose from its ashes.

3)    Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland

Who would have thought an amateur sport would produce one of Europe’s greatest and largest stadiums?

The home of the gaelic games is the third largest stadium in Europe boasting a capacity of over 82,000. Having hosted soccer, rugby and even concerts – as well as GAA - the unrivalled atmosphere created here needs to be experienced to be believed – although don’t expect to catch a Garth Brooks concert here anytime soon.

4)    Twickenham Stadium, London, England

The England Rugby Union team play their home games here in London in the UK’s second biggest stadium. The venue which can hold 82,000 people is often referred to as the home of Rugby Union, but as well being the home of that, it also hosts concerts too.

5)    Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Also known as the Westfalenstadion, this is the home of German football team Borussia Dortmund and can hold over 81,000 fans. The stadium hosted one of the 2006 World Cup Semi Finals where Germany were beaten by Italy. During it’s redevelopment an unexploded 1000lb World War II bomb was found near the stadium in 2010 – it was successfully diffused and nobody was injured,

6)    Stade De France, Paris, France

Built for the 1998 World Cup and the scene of the French national teams greatest footballing feat, the 81,000+ stadium is seen as one of Europe’s great stadiums. It hosts both football and rugby as well as a series of concerts.

7)    San Siro, Milan, Italy

Home to both Inter and AC Milan, the San Siro is one of the most iconic footballing stadiums in the world. It is set to host the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final. It’s twice been renovated and has a capacity just over 81,000.

8)    Santiago Bernabeu Satdium, Madrid, Spain

Home to one of the world’s most famous footballing dynasties Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu is another of the world’s great footballing grounds and another stadium boasting a capacity of over 81,000.

Opened in December 1947 – it has been renovated twice and expanded four times since being opened nearly 70 years ago.

9)    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia

The Luzhniki Stadium is 50 years old this year and will be one of the main stadiums utilized during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Having a capacity of 81,000 this rivals many of Europe’s best stadiums and hosted the 2008 UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

10) Attaturk Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey

Opened in 2002 with an original capacity of 81,000 it was renovated in 2005 and the capacity was reduced to over 76,000. The stadium hosted the now infamous 2005 Champions League Final where Liverpool overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat AC Milan on penalties.

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