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Camp Nou

Barcelona, Spain

Home of the FC Barcelona

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Camp Nou (map it)
Avinguda Aristides Maillol
Barcelona, Spain 08028
Spain


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Year Opened: 1957

Capacity: 99,354

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Camp Nou: Barcelona's Theatre of Dreams

Barcelona are giants in the Spanish league and having outgrown their old home, they created a new one in the 1950s. It took a few years to build, costing much more than originally anticipated, leaving the club in debt for a while.

Originally Camp Nou held 93,053 spectators, but that has since been extended, to become the largest capacity stadium in Europe.

UEFA gave it five-star status in the 1998-99 season, when it hosted the Champions League final. Although from the outside it isn't much to look at, inside it's a very impressive sight.

During its operation, the Camp Nou has not only hosted games played by FC Barcelona, but was also the venue for the World Cup, the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as home games for the Catalan national team. It has also hosted numerous concerts, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and U2.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There are various types of food and drink, all your standard stadium fare. The concession lines are mixed too, depending on when you queue. The lines at half-time can be long. Most of the servers are friendly enough.

There are a few sandwiches, from tortilla to ham and cheese. They come in the traditional Spanish baguette form. There are also a few other options, like popcorn and Toblerone chocolate.

Coffee and water are available, along with a few types of fizzy drink. The sodas are served in bottles with the lids taken off, as is the norm at many football grounds in Spain.

Atmosphere    4

Any arena of this size filled with people is going to be atmospheric, but the Camp Nou is only sometimes electric.

The stadium is huge and iconic. The grass is perfectly cut, short, and suitable for the quick, passing football that Barcelona like to play. Before matches start they play music and then the famous club anthem - which they repeat at the end as well.

There isn't usually much entertainment at the ground - they save that for the football itself. However, on some special days they have stalls outside and face painting for kids.

Almost all seats have clear views of the pitch. But given how large the stadium is, if you sit in the top rows the players will appear very small. It's probably best to avoid those seats, though from up there you will have a good tactical overview.

Neighborhood    5

The stadium is not in Barcelona's city centre, but it is easy to reach with various metro lines or bus routes. It's only a few kilometres away from all the tourist attractions you can dream of in the centre of town. Although the immediate area around the stadium isn't full of fun places to go, it's not hard to reach them in the city.

Close to the stadium there are various bars and restaurants of the usual "Spanish" type, i.e. places with lots of tapas and fish and meat dishes. However, if you want something a bit different, there is a good pizzeria called De Angelis about 10 minutes walk away from the stadium, by Collblanc metro.

Near the stadium there's not a lot, but you are only a short ride on the metro away from the beach, the Sagrada Familia and all the city's tourist attractions.

There's no point basing your location in Barcelona around the Camp Nou, because it's easy to get there, so you may as well be where the fun is. Try staying in the Born district, or Barrio Gotico.

Fans    3

Barcelona's stadium is often filled with tourists, which isn't great for the atmosphere. There is almost an air of expectation there, that the goals will come, and often they do. Only when things go wrong do the fans start to get loud.

Camp Nou attendances range from 70,000 for smaller games to full capacity for the biggest clashes.

Barcelona fans chant for independence in the 17th minute of both halves, as well as singing along to the club anthems. For some of the more important games, the club helps create a mosaic or "tifo," with a message on, the supporters holding up coloured cards to display it. Apart from the odd song, there isn't a lot of chanting. However they do like whistling the referee and some opponents.

Access    4

The stadium is easy to move around in when you are inside and accessible from many parts of the city.

Metro tickets are relatively cheap, with a T-10 option for around 10 euros giving customers 10 journeys of any distance. The blue line goes to Collblanc and the green to Les Corts or Maria Cristian. Depending on where you are sitting, any of these might be the best option. Various bus routes will take you to Camp Nou too.

Return on Investment    5

Ticket prices vary depending on the opponent and the importance of the game. As a football fan it's definitely worth taking in a game here once. To watch Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest player of all time, in his "home" is a recommended treat.

Watching the Argentine, along with Luis Suarez and Neymar, is something that it is difficult to put a price on. To see three sporting stars with such a level of synchronicity is rare. If you can get in cheaply for a cup match then it could be a great deal, though they are not all guaranteed to play.

Extras    5

The Camp Nou "experience" costs €23 and concessions are available for kids and people over 70. It is worth it, because you also get access to the museum and at a historic side like Barcelona, there is plenty to see. The museum also displays several other historically significant pieces, like boots from players as well as Ballon d'Ors. It really is a must see location whether you're a fan of FC Barcelona or not. The entry is not free, but it won't set you back much. On days when matches are not played you can also access the press boxes and visit the locker room. You even get to walk down the tunnel from the locker rooms down to the pitch.

Final Thoughts

If you consider yourself a football fan, you must take in a game at the Camp Nou. A legendary venue with legendary players, set to be one of Europe's top stadiums for a long time to come.

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The New Field

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The Camp Nou, is one of the oldest and finest stadiums in Europe, and quite fittingly home to one of the finest football (soccer) teams in the world, FC Barcelona. The Catalan (sorry, Catalan folks don't consider themselves Spanish) club has always been one of Europe's powerhouses but their recent spike in popularity can be attributed to the success they have accumulated in the last couple of years.

If the Superbowl is the U.S. premier sports event, than the UEFA Champions League would have to be its European equivalent. In their distinguished history, FC Barcelona has won soccer's most prestigious club competition thrice, and twice in the last five years.

The stadium was built from 1954 - 1957 and has been the club's home ever since. During Francisco Franco's dictatorship, the Camp Nou was one of the few places where the Catalan population was allowed to speak their native language. It's one of the reasons why FC Barcelona adopted the slogan "mes que un club" (translation: more than a club).

It is an all-seater stadium that has a capacity for an audience of 99,354 spectators, although that figure is rarely, if ever, reached. If you are planning to go on one of your holidays in Spain, then Camp Nou should be part of your itinerary.

More Than a Stadium

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

The Camp Nou has been the home to FC Barcelona ever since 1957 when the stadium opened after three years of construction. Through more than half a century of history the stadium has undergone several changes, especially in the seating capacity department which varied from the low end of 90,000 to as high 121,749 during the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Since then, the capacity has been reduced and it currently stands at 98,787, which still makes it the largest football stadium in Europe.

From a modernization standpoint, the Camp Nou is well behind the times as newer stadiums offer much more to their fans. That has prompted a lot of talk about a new stadium that would house the pride of Catalonia. But instead, the current expectation is for the Camp Nou to undergo a major renovation project slated to begin in 2017.

Regardless, the Camp Nou is still considered to be one of the greatest stadiums in the world and when full and lively it can be a true marvel to behold.

And the stadium isn't important only because of its football value, but also because it holds historic value. During the Francisco Franco era it was one of the few places where people were allowed to speak their native language, Catalan.

During its operation, the Camp Nou has not only hosted games played by FC Barcelona, but was also the venue for the World Cup, the 1992 Summer Olympics as well as home games for the Catalan national team. It has also hosted numerous concerts, including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and U2.

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