Barcelona will play at the city’s Olympic Stadium during the 2023-24 season while Camp Nou is renovated.The ‘Espai Barca’ project, described by president...
Barcelona will play at the city’s Olympic Stadium during the 2023-24 season while Camp Nou is renovated.
The ‘Espai Barca’ project, described by president Joan Laporta as “vital for the club’s viability”, will see a redevelopment of both the Camp Nou and the wider Barcelona campus.
Barcelona will continue playing at the Camp Nou next season, but will relocate afterwards to Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys for one season.
Laporta said: “Barcelona will have the privilege to play at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in the 2023-24 season during the recently approved Espai Barca work.
“Work begins on the first and second levels this summer and when major work is done on the third level and roof, we’ll play here.”
The Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys has a capacity of 60,713, making it the fifth largest stadium in Spain. It hosted the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and was the home of RCD Espanyol until 2009.
One of the biggest changes coming as part of Barcelona’s ‘Espai Barca’ plans is to extend the capacity of the Nou Camp from 99,000 to 110,000, which will make it the third largest stadium in the world, behind only North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium and India’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
There are also plans to install a new roof which will boost sustainability by incorporating a district heat and cooling system.
Barcelona are not the first Spanish side to move away from their home ground due to renovations to the stadium. Real Madrid played away from the Santiago Bernabeu at their reserve stadium, Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, for the 2020-21 campaign.Barcelona to play at Olympic Stadium during Camp Nou renovation - The Athletic View Story