Barcelona Announce Plans to Upgrade Nou Camp stadium

Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

Barcelona have unveiled plans to upgrade the club's Nou Camp stadium to a 105,000 capacity ground.

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

The stadium's revamp is set to be led by Japanese architectural company Nikken Sekkei alongside Catalan architects Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.

The plans, which were selected ahead of six other bids, were chosen by a jury made up of Barcelona members, Catalan based architects and City of Barcelona officials.

A statement released on Barcelona's website read: "The Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic.

"It is also notable for its relationship with the environment, providing depth, creating shadows and making members the stars of the facade and of the open area at all times.

"The proposal presents a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage in the Barca Campus and guarantees a clear and safe construction.

"In short, it is a unique solution, reproducing the characteristic vision of the grandstand and canopy, from the inside out, a silent and powerful tribute to the stadium built by Francesc Mitjans in 1957."

The upgrade, which will reportedly cost in the region of £500m, is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2021/22 season

The Nou Camp, which currently holds around 100,000, is already the largest stadium in Europe, ahead of Wembley and Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.

Barcelona are expected to sell stadium's naming rights in order to help fund the new construction.


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