Barca Pushes for Camp Nou Remodel
The FC Barcelona governing board voted on Monday to push forward a proposal to renovate Camp Nou, rather than moving to a new location.
“The board has unanimously decided to put the plan to build a new stadium on the structure of the Camp Nou to the shareholders,” Barca president Sandro Rosell told reporters, according to AFP.
Rosell said the possibility of building a new facility in another area of the city has been “ruled out.”
“The cost of going to Diagonal is very high, almost double,” Rosell said of a possible new location.
Rosell called both projects “very attractive.”
“The architectural plan of our current stadium is such that 56 years after its construction, it can serve as the base for our future project.”
The cost of the renovation, one that Barca economic director Jordi Moix calls a “complex technical project,” will be about 600 million euros. Information on the team’s website indicates a new stadium would be built “over the current structure.”
It will expand capacity of Camp Nou, which is already the largest stadium in Europe, from 99,000 fans to 105,000. The stadium’s first tier would be steeper, improving sightlines, while the second tier would remain largely unchanged. New seats would be added to the third tier.
The renovation will require about four years of work, which club officials hope will begin in May of 2017. Much of the work will occur during the offseason, eventually concluding in February 2021. The team will continue to play at Camp Nou during the process.
Club officials have spent the last year and a half conducting studies to determine the next step in a project that also includes work on the surrounding training grounds and arena.
FC Barcelona members will now vote on the project in a referendum set for April 5 and 6.
Russian Stadium Construction to Start
Russian officials said that construction for the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod for the 2018 World Cup will begin by the end of the year.
The design for the stadium is not yet complete, but a site near where the Oka and Volga Rivers converge has been selected.
“A construction company will enter the construction site by the end of the year,” the chief of Nizhny Novgorod’s town planning department Alexander Bodrievsky said in a statement.
The cost of the project is estimated to be around $360-420 million. So far only two stadiums for the World Cup have been completed: Kazan Arena and Sochi’s Fisht Stadium.
“After an expert review of the design, a tender will be opened to choose a construction company that will build the stadium well and cheap.”