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Barcelona leaving Camp Nou

Barcelona leaving Camp Nou

FC Barcelona’s return to the venerable Camp Nou could take longer than first thought.

After the 3-0 victory over the Mallorca club, on Sunday, the Catalan team said goodbye to its traditional place, and the stadium will be renovated and modernized over the next two years. There were also fireworks to mark the farewell.

In the meantime, Barcelona will move to the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, ​​which has a capacity of 55,000 and is currently being renovated to suit the club’s needs. A return to the renovated Camp Nou is already planned for December 2024.

But this date appears to be shaky. According to media reports, the club was only able to return to the Camp Nou in the summer of 2026.

Barcelona borrows a billion dollars to renovate the stadiums

The famous stadium was inaugurated in 1957 and has been the scene of many historic football moments. The legendary 1999 UEFA Champions League Final, which Bayern Munich lost to Manchester United with two goals in stoppage time, was also played at the Camp Nou.

However, the venue was significantly less able to handle the demands of modern football. FC Barcelona, ​​already heavily indebted, secured a €1.45 billion loan for stadium renovations and other projects.

The capacity of the stadium should be 105,000 spectators after the conversion.

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