Nou Camp Stadium

In the summer of 2005 we all went to the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona for a visit. It was truly impressive – it felt quite a small ground, due to the way it is constructed, but the capacity is huge – 112,000. Unfortunately we arrived 2 days after the last game of the season, so we couldn’t see Barcelona play.

In the summer of 2005 we all went to the Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona for a visit. It was truly impressive – it felt quite a small ground, due to the way it is constructed, but the capacity is huge – 112,000. Unfortunately we arrived 2 days after the last game of the season, so we couldn’t see Barcelona play.

We went into the players changing rooms (which were really plush), the commentators box and down to the pitch side… when the guide wasn’t looking I touched the grass… naughty. There was a staggering amount of silverware on display in their museum. I was really impressed by the paintings and drawings that Salvador Dali had done for FC Barcelona.

Camp Nou is Catalan for “new field”. The stadium is the home ground of FC Barcelona. It is one of the biggest stadiums in the world and the largest in Europe. Its official name – Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona – translates as FC Barcelona Stadium, although it is popularly called the Camp Nou or the Nou Camp, by football fans. The stadium was built between 1954 and 1957, designed by architects Francesc Mitjans-Miró, Lorenzo García Barbon and Josep Soteras Mauri. FC Barcelona won their first game at Camp Nou in impressive fashion, a 4-2 victory with Eulogio Martínez scoring the first goal at the new stadium. Over 90,000 fans were present at this momentous occasion.

The stadium consists of facilities such as a memorabilia shop (like every place you go to these days), mini pitches for training matches, and a little church for players to pray for victory presumably.

http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/index_idiomes.html

written by gregmarshall on 2008-04-27 #places #sport #chair #location #arena

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