Barcelona have finally presented their plans for a revamped Nou Camp, after selecting Japanese company Nikken Sekkei and Catalan studio Pascual i Ausio Arquitecte as the designers to transform their current stadium. The project will cost around €360m (£277.5m, £395m) and see the ground's capacity increased from the current 99,354 spectators to 105,000, with all seats covered.
The Champions League winners have revealed that renovation will start during the 2017/18 campaign, but not be finished until 2022. Barcelona wish to avoid having to play games elsewhere during the rebuild, spreading the project over five years and allowing it to be done in separate phases.
The new Nou Camp (dubbed 'Nou Camp Nou' by Barcelona's social media team) is part of the multi-million Espai Barça project approved by the club's voting members in 2014. It will see revamps of all the club's sporting facilities, including the football ground itself, the training ground, the Palau Blaugrana (a basketball arena) and the Mini Estadi (host of Barcelona's B team and women's side). Barcelona are expected to spend around €600m on the project as a whole.
The club will sell the naming rights to the stadium for around €200m, funding the remainder of the project with their own earnings and a loan.
Barcelona have been playing in the Nou Camp since its opening in 1957. Its 99,354 capacity makes it the biggest sports stadium in Europe, even before the upcoming renovation. England's Wembley Stadium seats 90,000, Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion has a capacity of 81,359 and Real Madrid's Santiago Bernebau can house 81,044 fans.
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