Why is Espai Barça necessary?

Why is Espai Barça necessary?

Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe, an iconic venue for the city of Barcelona that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It is a temple of world football in which many of the greatest players have performed yet it is also the flagship of the best club in the world and a source of pride for its members. The stadium has to measure up to all that it represents. 

A delay of fifteen years


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During this time the Club has invested and committed 145 million euros to the project to carry out just 5% of the total work.

Our competitors have already done their work 

Whilst Barça's main sporting competitors have new, latest generation stadiums with the all the available technological advancements and construction models that allow them to make the most financial profit out of their facilities, Camp Nou has become old and with that come the problems that have affected members and season ticket holders, there is not enough room for hospitality to meet the current demands of UEFA and FIFA competitions; there are insufficient catering services, poorly designed walkways and a lack of sustainable and environmental material amongst other deficiencies. 

Why the stadium has problems due to the passage of time? 

Some of these problems have manifested themselves as structural deficiencies that have required urgent action over the last few months to guarantee people's safety and allow the return of fans as the restrictions were gradually lifted imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Camp Nou cannot wait any longer. 

  • To guarantee security:
    • The stadium is coming to the end of its natural life. 
    • All the money spent on repairs is a poor investment.
    • In the summer some 900 problems were resolved at a cost of 1.8 million euros to allow opening to the public.
  • To offer more comfort and services:
    • Old and poorly automated access points (only 15 lifts for public use and no escalators).
    • Inefficient access and evacuation.
    • Only 28% of the seating is covered by the roof.
    • Obsolete technology which prevents spectators being offered new services. 

Why is deteriorating and insufficent? 

Without having as many problems as Camp Nou, the Palau is still in a precarious state. 

  • It does not comply with regulations for European competition. The agreed moratorium ends soon. 
  • Additional ventilation has had to be installed to meet the minimum requirements.
  • It suffers from the same problems of accessibility and obsolete technology. 

Why is it necessary to maintain the Club's sporting and financial competitiveness? 

  • Espai Barça will allow us to maintain the best sponsors and partners. 
  • Increasing space for hospitality and catering will boost income. 
  • We will be able to host the finals of European and World competitions.
  • Espai Barça will be the best Sports and Entertainment Campus within a European city.


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