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Mostbet: «Barça» will make the «Camp Nou» the third largest arena in the world

Mostbet: The 6,000-seat Johan Cruyff wants to expand to 40,000-50,000.

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“Barcelona has fallen on hard times, but is not giving up on an ambitious plan to redevelop Espaí Barsa, a club space that includes the entire area around Camp Nou with stores, restaurants, club offices and a museum, plus the Camp Nou arena itself and the Palau Blaugrana indoor stadium.

President Joan Laporta told Catalan radio station RAC1 that the project is fundamental to the club’s viability. According to him, the renovation plan depends on a loan of 1.5 billion euros, which is planned to be repaid by future revenues from the new complex. One source of funds could be Goldman Sachs, which has already helped the club this year. But Laporta says there are talks with other investors.

If all goes well with financing, the construction work will take three to four years. Barcelona will have to leave Camp Nou for one of those seasons. Johan Cruyff Stadium, where the reserves and women’s teams play, is being considered as a potential temporary replacement. It is a 6,000-seat stadium at the club’s base – it was only opened in 2019 to replace the Mini Estadi.

At the height of the pandemic season, Johan Cruyff was already considered as a possible option for the Barça base, but then the club captains (Lionel Messi, Sergi Roberto, Sergi Busquets, Gerard Pique) decided to finish playing at Camp Nou.

However, the club cannot afford to be without spectators again during the reconstruction. Laporta assures that for Barça’s main matches, the stadium could be increased from 6,000 to 40,000-50,000 at once. “They say it is possible. The most difficult will be the impact on mobility and parking, but architecturally it is possible,” explained Laporta.

The Olympic Stadium, which seats about 56,000, is considered another option. It is the main arena of the Olympic Games in 1992, and from 1997 to 2009, “Espanyol” played here

Mostbet: How will Camp Nou change?

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The main thing is capacity will be increased from 99 thousand to 110 thousand. This will make “Camp Nou” the third largest stadium in the world after cricket “Narendra Modi” in India (132 thousand) and “Nunnado named after May Day” in North Korea (114 thousand).

The original plan was to increase the Camp Nou to 105,000, but a lot changes along the way. “The project was outdated, and we made changes. I had goosebumps when it was presented,” says Laporta. – The third tier will be completely redone. Probably the first one as well.

At the stadium there will be room for 110,000 spectators, more boxes, VIP areas and reception areas. “Espaí Barsa may have the same impact on the city as the Olympic Games once did. We will become a landmark in the leisure world with a futuristic, modern and environmentally friendly stadium.”

The renovation at Barcelona has been planned for a long time: since 2007, plans for the redevelopment have been regularly drawn up, but construction has been delayed for various reasons. “Camp Nou was last rebuilt in 1998 (it was built in the 1960s). From the outside it looks like a concrete structure, and inside it is not very comfortable.

The space around the stadium is also long overdue for rebuilding. On important match days it’s crowded around the arena and in the store, and it takes 6-10 minutes to get to the nearest metro station. The project involves improvements in logistics.

To some extent, Barcelona’s project was a response to the actions of Real Madrid, which went much further with the reconstruction of the Santiago Bernabeu. All last season, Madrid played in the reserve stadium, which is only in Barça’s plans. “The Bernabeu will be fully renovated by 2023, but Real Madrid has already been able to return home.

“Espaí Barça will be crucial so that we can compete with our competitors, who have already done what is necessary,” admits Laporta.

“Real Madrid has also taken advantage of the loan for its renovation. Back in April 2019, the club negotiated a loan with JP Morgan and Bank of America. The amount is 575 million euros, the fixed rate is 2.5%, the annual fee is 29.5 million. Payments will begin in July 2023 and will end in 2049. The original cost was €796.5 million, but in June 2020, Real Madrid asked for a new loan, after which the amount, taking into account the interest, will exceed €900 million.

The club calculates that the Bernabeu will bring in an additional €150 million a year to the coffers (on top of the previous level of income, which is kept around €170 million). The same motivation applies to Barcelona.