Camp Nou is one of the greatest football stadiums of all times. It is located within the city in Les Corts quarter, and it is very close to other main sites in Barcelona, such as Palacio Real de Pedralbes and Mercat de Les Corts. It has been hosting FC Barcelona home games since it was built. With the capacity of 99354 seats, it is the largest stadium in Spain and of the biggest and most beautiful stadiums in Europe.
Its construction started in 1954 and since then it has been rebuilt and expanded many times until the realization of what we can see nowadays. Every year, the entire world stops whenever FC Barcelona is facing Real Madrid. The game between the biggest rivals is known as “El Clasico” and lately it got even more interesting since the two best football players in the world, Lionel Messi (FCB) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), are competing for the league title (La Liga). In the past, the story was the same but just with different protagonists. Camp Nou hosted the highest level of teams and players, such as Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Raul, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and many more.
What can you see at Camp Nou?
The stadium itself appears endless and all sits go up to the roofless part of the lateral wall giving the impression that it is continuous with the sky. Camp Nou is composed of two sections, the field and the museum (Camp Nou Experience). The museum offers the opportunity to see all the trophies won by FC Barcelona and by the players since its foundation till now (and this might take a while since they have literally won every competition, including La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League). Without any doubt, it is one of the most popular sites to visit in Barcelona.
The stadium is divided in 9 different areas which are all reachable by visitors, although a few of them will require a Tour Ticket. In addition, the visitors have the chance to check out the dressing room, press room, mixed zone, press box, VIP areas, Roma 2009 Gastronomic space and the famous VIP lounge bar which is open also when there are no matches (during summer). The only area which tourists cannot visit is the Center for Documentation and study. The second floor contains of drawings and advertisements starring the team’s players.
Another checkpoint at camp Nou is the FC Barcelona Official Store which is the official club store that offers all the merchandising in the club’s colors.
Other than looking around, the place offers a catering service which is situated all around, and it is also possible to ice skate, since the stadium contains a skating ring.