Camp Nou: The Home of FC Barcelona
If you are one of the football fans and you are interested in history of soccer, then do not miss the Camp Nou tour while visiting Barcelona! This stadium is one of the most famous and largest stadiums in the world. It has seating capacity of 99,354, but capacity of Nou Camp is even bigger.
Camp Nou Stadium: The Home of FC Barcelona
The famous football stadium is located in Les Corts neighbourhood and is close by Avenida Diagonal that is home to many well known landmarks and attractions. Camp Nou has been the home of famous Barcelona FC since the stadium was opened, in 1975. It has hosted many exciting competitions and matches, including the 1982 FIFA World Cup and the 1992 European Cup Final.
To understand what Barcelona FC really is you have to take a look at its history. In 1899 Joan Gamper, a Swiss man, decided to introduce football to Barcelona by founding a team. The club was officially founded on November 29, 1899. He became increasingly strong and successful, winning titles such as the Macaya Cup and the Pyrenees Cup.
FC Barcelona built its first stadium in 1909, with a capacity of 6,000 people. In the 1920s the fame and success of the team increased. He won the first Champions league in the season 1928 – 1929. Due to the newfound popularity of the team it was necessary to build a new stadium.
In 1922 the stadium “Les Corts” was built with a capacity of 22,000 people. An important curiosity is that Barcelona FC survived a civil war. In 1936 Franco’s troops shot club president Josep Sunyol for his membership in a left-wing party.
All Barcelona FC fans are proud of the so-called “five cup” season. This is the period between 1951 and 1952, when Barcelona FC won the Cup, League, Latin Cup, Martini Rosso and Eva Duarte.
In 1957 was built Camp Nou, with an initial capacity of 90,000 people. Currently has reached a capillarity of 99000 places. For this reason it is the largest football stadium in Europe and the second largest in the world.
As first place is the Olympic Stadium of Pnyongyang in North Korea. His success has increased to such an extent that he can afford players like Diego Maradona.
How is Camp Nou considered today?
Currently FC Barcelona is distinguished by presenting the status of “Football Club”. It is one of the few teams that has not become limited liability grounds. This means that the team is still managed by its members, which are 144000. The team has an amount of about 3 billion euros, in fact it is the second richest football team in the world after Real Madrid.
Among the legends of the team we remember Gerard Pique, defender of Barcelona FC. He is considered a true legend and to date has played 600 official matches in the culè club.
Of course among the coaches of this team you can not forget Xavi Hernandez. He was the first to lose three games in a row in Camp Nou. Ousmane Dembele stands out among the most recent players. It was just his fourth game at Camp Nou -the second after the serious injury suffered in September- but the ’11’ left several quality details that caused the fans to chant his name.
Obviously, it is impossible not to mention, one of the footballers who made football history, Leo Messi. He has obtained six golden balls currently on display in the Camp Nou Museum. In a space dedicated to one of the best footballers ever.
The huge number of trophies won makes Barcelona FC one of the most supported teams in the world. Along with its historic rival Real Madrid. Every time the two teams face each other they create what is called El Clasico, the most watched game in Spain and one of the most important in the world.
Tour of the Camp Nou
Today, The Camp Nou is a real attraction. In fact you can visit the museum of FC Barcelona and take part of the Camp Nou tour. It gives you unique opportunity to discover the stadium, its interesting history and admire the view of the stadium.
You can also explore the FC Barcelona museum, by doing that you can discover a lot about the team’s history and achievements. Be sure to take a look at the trophies, the changing rooms, the tunnel that players go through to enter the field, the press room and the football field.
Furthermore, you can check out their multimedia display, interactive exhibits or admire a panoramic view of the football stadium. One thing that is really helpful is that they also have multimedia audio guides, that is available in several languages. By trying this option out, you will get to know detailed information about stadium`s history, architecture. It also covers some fun anecdotes and cool facts about the team and its players. We recommend you to give a try to this audio guide, if you want to get the most of your visit.
Another awesome feature that you can find there is the Spotify Camp Nou experience. It gives for every visitor an opportunity to create their own custom playlists. You can listen it while you are exploring the stunning stadium. Also, the playlist features some songs that are strongly connected with the team and its fans.
You need to buy a ticket to visit estadi del Fc Barcelona. You can do it everywhere, even on the Rambla there are many kiosks where you can buy it. There are different types of tickets depending on what you want to see.
In fact you can buy both the entrance ticket and the ticket to take part in the guided tour. Also you can buy tickets for games, usually the duration of the game is about an hour and a half.
If you have visited Camp Nou and would like to explore more places, then check out Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. You can find it just few blocks away from Camp Nou and this stadium was built for the Summer Olympics that took place in 1992. Nowadays it is used for different kinds of sports event and concerts. It is definitely an interesting visit and a great complement to the Camp Nou Tour.