Guide To Barcelona FC’s Nou Camp Stadium
Barcelona FC’s Nou Camp is the largest stadium in Europe, making it the eleventh largest in the world. Its grand size and heritage make it well worth a visit especially if you have a keen interest in football and you are staying near the stadium at Generator Barcelona.
See a Match
It goes without saying that if you get a chance to see any game at this stadium it would be a chance that should not be passed up lightly. The stadium now has a capacity of over 98,000 with options to book VIP areas and boxes as well as the standard seats in tiers. The ground is used on a regular basis, whether it is for a highly publicized match or training.The atmosphere created during a game is not easily comparable to any other stadium, with its long history of hosting highly anticipated games any match you watch at Camp Nou is sure to stay with you for life. If you are heading to Camp Nou to watch a game, make sure you get there early so you can visit the museum beforehand – it closes three hours before kick-off.
Not Just Football!
The stadium is not just for football though; it has been home to many concerts, including performances by Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and the Three Tenors. The stadium is definitely worth a visit, if there is a game on then all the better, but the museum alone is enough to tempt everyone: from the weekend football enthusiast to the diehard Barcelona FC supporter.
The stadium is home to a wide variety of things besides the pitch and stands. There are training grounds, a player’s’ chapel and a museum of football memorabilia to view. The museum, possibly one of the most well stocked football museums around, is home to a wide variety of objects from the stadium’s star studded past. One of the pieces on display in the museum is a key part of Camp Nou’s history, Ronald Koeman’s boots with which he scored the winning goal for Barcelona FC in the 1992 European Cup Final. Also on display is the Golden Shoe of Lionel Messi.
This is no normal museum and it attracts over 1.2 million visitors every year, it has a 3D cinema displaying the history of the ground and its club as well as a permanent exhibition of talented local artists’ works.
Take a Guided Tour
If you want a guided tour of the grounds and the museum, you could purchase a ticket for the ‘Camp Nou Experience’. It costs 22 Euros and includes a tour of the museum and the multimedia zone. Due to the popularity of the museum it would be advisable to book in advance.
Building and Rebuilding
The stadium has been renovated many times over the years, building from its somewhat humble beginnings to be one of the highest ranked grounds in the world. It has seen many matches in its 55 years of life and has hosted both World Cup games; Champions League matches and European Cup finals.
Places to Eat and Drink:
At Camp Nou you will find a restaurant in the ice rink and if you’re lucky enough to be there on a match day you can expect all the usual fast food and sandwiches from the outlets: Pans & Company and FCB Carpa.