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Visiting the Nou Camp Barcelona was a great experience and a must for any football fan and even non fans would enjoy it. The stadium is stunning and the atmosphere was great, although mostly not under cover so hope it doesn't rain when you go! The price for the ticket was very reasonable, cheaper than most premier league matches. Getting to the stadium was very easy using their metro system, although it was very crowded there were plenty of trains, it seemed like one every minute and it was well organised. Typically when I went it happened to be 0:0 which was typical, what are the chances going to watch Barcelona at home I thought I would be guaranteed goals, even Messi missed a penalty! I am sure the normal stadium tour is great but being there for an actual match must be a lot better, the crown were amazing. Very much enjoyed the game, if your in Barcelona you must visit the stadium.
In March 2011, I visited Barcelona and being a big sporting fan and huge football enthusiast a trip to the Nou Camp was high on my agenda. ~History~ The Nou Camp or New Field in English has been home to FC Barcelona since 1957. The stadium replaced the football clubs Les Corts ground which had been used up until then. Work on the stadium started in 1954. It is estimated that original stadium cost around 288 million pesetas to complete and in my opinion, it was worth every penny. The stadium was finished in 1957. ~Modern Day~ In its current format the stadium can hold over 99,000 spectators and it has to be one of the best places to watch a game of football anywhere in the world. The atmosphere generated in the stadium is tremendous. The stadium is bowl shaped with very steep sided stands. Even up in the gods, you get a fantastic venue of the pitch. The footballing community widely recognise the Nou Camp as one of Europe's top stadiums and it has hosted a number of major European cup finals over the years as well as the hosting many games, including the opening ceremony of the 1982 World Cup, hosted by Spain. The most recent of these games was the Champions League final in 1999 between Man Utd and Bayern Munich, it was at this point when I watching this game when I decided that I had to one day visit this stadium. ~Stadium and Museum Tour~ The tour of the stadium and museum is fantastic. I have done this at a few football clubs and this is up there with the best of them. You are given access to plenty areas of the stadium and there are some nice interactive elements to the tour. As part of the tour, you start off in the museum where there a vast number of trophies on display. The tour then takes you round the various parts of the stadium, down in the tunnel and to pitch side. You also have access to the press box, team's changing rooms and the press room. There was also the chance to get your picture taken with the Champions League trophy. A print of the picture costs around 15 euro. There is also a number of interactive touch screens where you can view a number of video clips from the clubs history and a large video wall documenting the teams recent achievements. It costs 19 euro for an Adult and 15.50 for concessions to visit the Nou Camp Experience. The attraction is open from 10:00 - 20:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00 to 16:00 on Sunday's throughout the summer. Opening hours change slightly during the winter months (October - April). ~Summary~ I would recommend a trip to the stadium to anyone who enjoys sports and is visiting Barcelona. I didn't find it was the easiest to get to via the metro station from Las Rambla, but that might have had something to do with my mapping reading abilities. However, I believe most of the tour buses have a stop for the stadium. Up to date ticket prices and opening prices can be found on their website - http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/index.html
My husband and I visited Barcelona in September and one of the things he particularly wanted to do was visit Camp Nou, home of Barcelona Football Club (official name Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona). I wasn't so keen and hoped that we might give it a miss but the Barcelona Sight Seeing bus that we were on stopped right outside Camp Nou and nearly everyone got off to have a look so I couldn't be that mean and not let the hubby be the only man on the bus who wasn't allowed off! Of course, having got off the bus I really didn't stand a chance in arguing against going inside, so I gave in gracefully! However, I have to say that I really enjoyed looking around the stadium and the museum and it was probably one of the best things we did whilst in Barcelona (shsh - don't tell the hubby!) **A Little History** From about 1948 plans were started for a new stadium for FC Barcelona due to the increase in their fans. After several refurbishments of the existing stadium at Les Courts it became clear that there was not enough room for expansion to accommodate the ever increasing fans. Eventually the new site was chosen and Camp Nou was inaugurated on 24th September 1957 with a Mass held by the Archbishop of Barcelona and later a friendly football match between Warsaw and Barcelona - Barcelona won 4-2. **Getting there** We travelled to the Stadium via the Barcelona Sight Seeing Bus which is a hop on hop off bus taking a designated route around the city's main attractions. However, there are "regular" buses that stop near the stadium as well as tube stations nearby, so there is no problem in getting transport to Camp Nou. **The Camp Nou Experience** We started our visit in the President Nuñez Museum, the first part of which houses computerised murals giving a chronological history of the Club. I was very impressed with the technology which had touch screens enabling people to look at parts that interested them in more detail. In between these screens are exhibits of football boots, balls and other kit from the past. There is also the Barca Wall of History which stretches out along a large room and is made up of more interactive screens showing the history of the Club and also all the players that have played for FC Barcelona - Gary Lineker's name being among them. A very popular display is the one housing all the trophies FC Barcelona has ever won, lots of people were taking photos of themselves in front of these cups. There is loads more information about the players, directors, coaches, chairpersons, newpaper cuttings etc. From there we made our way to the Stadium itself and it is just amazing to see the size - capacity 98,800 people. We obviously were not allowed on the pitch but could go into part of the stand on one side and look out over the whole stadium, both at ground level and further up in the higher seats. While we were there they had large light machines on part of the pitch to encourage the grass to grow, I hadn't seen anything like that before so it added to the experience. The stadium has very high sides with seats right at the top which would have been no good to anyone suffering from vertigo! Having taken in the size of the pitch and seating we then walked along until we were by the shelters where the coaches and reserves sit during a match. From there the tour route took us back inside and up to the Press and commentators seats which are housed in a very large glass box protruding over the stands with an uninhibited view of the pitch. There was piped commentary and crowd noise coming from large speakers which helped to make it an authentic experience of what it would be like sitting there during a match. When I see commentators on TV talking at half time and at the end of a big match I forget that there are loads of other commentators and press personnel from other countries all doing the same thing. From there we continued our tour to the changing rooms which were very smart with showers and a big Jacuzzi bath for the team to relax in after the match. We walked from there past the little chapel, where I imagine many a prayer has been said before and after a match, up through the tunnel which players go to reach the pitch. Again piped cheering and general crowd noise is played to help to make you feel that there is a game about to be played. Finally it was back inside to the area where players and managers are interviewed after the match - another good photo opportunity. We could have paid extra for earphones and our own personal running commentary about the stadium which would probably have given us more information but we didn't think it would be necessary at the time, however, if I ever went back I think I would probably pay the extra for this. **Opening Times** Monday to Saturday (from 6th April to 4th October) from 10.00 to 20.00 The rest of the year the museum opening hours are from 10.00 to 18.30 Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 to 14.30 On days of League and Champions matches in the stadium open from 10 to 15.00 - Camp Nou Tour not available **Cost** Adult 19 Euros Children 0-5 years Free Children 6 - 13 years 15,50 Euros Supporters clubs, pensioners and Students £15,50 Euros Members Free There are concessions for large groups More information can be found on the website www.fcbarcelona.com **The shop** As with most tours of this type the end of the tour takes you to the shop. In this case it was quite a serious shop in that it mainly stocked team shirts, sweatshirts, boots and trainers as oppose to junky memorabilia. **How long to allow for the visit** When we bought the tickets it advised to allow 1.5 to 2 hours for the tour. Of course it depends on how long you spend in each section. We spent quite a long time in the museum looking at the interactive boards which had a wealth of information and were there a little over 2 hours. **Would I recommend it** Absolutely! Even if you are not a great fan of football it is an interesting experience. There is so much information about the history of the stadium and the club and with the interactive boards with their touch screen; you can pick the information you are interested in without having to read through lots of other stuff. The sheer size of the stadium is amazing to see and even someone who isn't interested in football at all would be hard pressed not to be impressed. The tour has been well thought out and being able to go into places like the players tunnel, the press and commentators box made it quite a special experience. I am not a great fan of football although I have been to some premier league matches at stadiums such as Newcastle United and as I said earlier, I really wasn't that bothered about visiting Camp Nou - but I have to say I loved it and was so pleased that I had done it. FC Barcelona's motto is "Mes que un Club" - "more than a club" - I certainly got the impression that this was the case and that the Club holds a very special place in the hearts of the Catalonian people.
Nou Camp Stadium I have been to Barcelona a couple of times and have on the whole enjoyed my visits. There is plenty to do and see in the city and even during the winter the weather can be quite mild and pleasant. The down side of Barcelona is the pick pocketing. It's rampant in the city centre and although I was fortunately not a successful target I was approached three times by people trying to get there hands on my cash. I am surprised the authorities don't clamp down on this because as it stands Barcelona may soon become more famous for its pickpockets than its football club. What is the Nou Camp? The Nou Camp is an impressive football stadium that it about 5 miles from the city centres of Barcelona. Nou Camp stands for new field and whilst I was there I was informed that it was the second largest football stadium in the world. It is the home football stadium for Barcelona FC. It has a capacity of 116,000. My opinion I took one of the tourist buses around Barcelona. I think it was 24 euro at the time for a hop on hop off ticket. One of the stops on the route is the Nou Camp and it's so big it's pretty hard to miss. We got off and decided to take the guided tour. I think this cost us around 12 Euros. They called the tour guided but this was slightly misleading as you actually follow a painted line around the building. The line takes you from the entrance to the changing rooms, where you can walk through the tunnel to look at the pitch from the dug outs. You can't sit in the dug outs or walk onto the pitch. They are very strict about this. You then follow the tour all the way up to the top of the stadium where you get a different view of the ground. It's actually where the commentators sit during the games. I will be honest now and admit that the stadium is impressive. Its bit but its starting to look a bit worn in places. I am glad I did the tour but if I had of missed it I wouldn't have missed a lot. I enjoy football and have watched plenty of matches live from the Nou camp so from that side of things it was interesting to see behind the scenes. On the other hand the stadium tour was a bit dull. I would liken it to visiting the cinema only there is no movie being played. I sort of had the feeling like what's the big deal in going to see an empty stadium. In that respect it will be the last stadium tour that I do. I think had we of went to a match in the stadium my impression would have been different. We did have tickets lined up but they sadly moved the fixture to accommodate Champions League dates so they had more or a rest. Probably had we of seen the match my review of the stadium would have been more positive. In my opinion don't bother going here unless your going to see a match.
I've been going to the Camp Nou stadium for around 12 years as when I was little and lived in Germany we'd drive to Spain for holidays, and I spent my summers watching the likes of Guardiola, Rivaldo, and the de Boer brothers strolling around this monster of a stadium. History ---------- Built in 1957, the Camp Nou replaced FC Barcelona's old Les Corts ground which held a respectable 60,000. Designed by Francesc Mitjans Miró and Josep Soteras Mauri, it was supposed to be called Estadi del FC Barcelona, but fans coined the nickname Camp Nou, translated as 'New Field' in comparison to the old Les Corts stadium. The name has stuck and was made official in 2001 by a fan vote. With a capacity of around 98000, it is the largest stadium in Europe and holds a FIFA Five Star certificate due to the functionalities of the Camp Nou. The capacity does vary, as the record is believed to be around 118,000! The stadium has held many concerts along with games for the Olympics and World Cups, making this one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world. Location ------------ The Camp Nou is in the Les Corts district of Barcelona, a rather quiet and unspectacular district in terms of sights. However on match days that soon changes! It is easily accessible by the metro via the Maria Cristina, Les Corts, or Collblanc stops, I don't feel any are faster than each other. There is a 5-10 minute walk attached, but to my knowledge the stadium isn't signposted from two of the metro stations so you may need a local to point you in the right direction. Bus routes also take you to the Camp Nou, but these are packed on match days and I find the metro journey is far more comfortable and the walk only adds to the atmosphere, so I recommend that. Appearance ----------------- The stadium was built in the 1950's, and it really shows with the amount of concrete and iron used! From the outside it looks like a giant car park, so not the prettiest thing in the world. It certainly doesn't match up to modern grounds such as the Allianz Arena. However, plans are in place and work has begun on the stadium by renowned architect Sir Norman Foster, who designed Wembley and many famous landmark buildings. The plans include an illuminated outer shell that will really liven the ground up, along with adding extra seats. Once completed then I am certain the ground will go from giant car park to giant art! Facilities ----------- As stated, this is a Five Star stadium. the best way to see this is a tour of the facilities which costs around 12 Euros. I thought this is good value for money to see the changing rooms, press box, numerous trophies, tunnel, and get the chance to sit in the dugout which so many famous names have warmed. The toilets are basic and the food is standard 'football' food, hot dogs and burgers! They are around 2 Euro's each, but many Catalans, especially the older generation, seem to take food from home. It also remains a stadium where you can take your pint to your seat, despite Spanish beer being rough... apparently. The ground also boasts a two-tier club shop which as far as top team club shops go, is pretty standard, offering items from replica shirts to dog bowls in Catalan colours. If you have trouble walking up stairs then this probably isn't going to be your favourite day out. The stadium is huge, and involves climbing numerous flights of stairs, so best try and get a lower tier seat if you want to get in. Alongside the ground are all of Barça's other facilities such as the ice rink, basketball court, as well as the Mini Estadi, a 15000 seater for training and the reserves (!) and La Masia, the world famous youth academy which has spawned players such as Xavi and Lionel Messi. Matchday Experience ----------------------------- If you get the chance, then watch a match here. It isn't an atmosphere English fans would feel familiar with as apart from the Catalan anthem, not many chants are sang. The hooligan branch, Boixos Nois, used to create some noise but after President Laporta banned their entry, the stadium is very quiet considering its size. I must say as well, the amount of weed smoked in the top tier would make that an ideal place for anyone who fancies a smoke whilst enjoying the game. You know, just throwing it out there... Otherwise, you get to see THE best team in the world ply their trade, and that itself makes the shabby appearance and hundreds of stairs worthwhile. Footballing history is in the stadium, and once inside, you can't get it out of your mind, a truly wonderful place. Tickets range from 170 to 18 Euro's, and the views from the top tier in the cheap seats are surprisingly good. Conclusion ---------------- Yes, the stadium does need the renovation, and it could probably offer some better access facilities instead of stairs, but you can't help but feel this ground is special. Barça are and always have been the best team in the world (That isn't open to debate!) and the stadium has memories attached to it which are unmatched in Spain. Whether you go there for the football or for a concert, the sheer size and class of the place will impress you. If you're not impressed, then you're a Madridista!
Full name Futbol Club Barcelona Nickname(s) Barça (team) L'equip blaugrana (team) Culers or Culés (supporters) Blaugranes (supporters) Founded November 29, 1899 (as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona) Ground Camp Nou, Barcelona (Capacity: 98,772) President Joan Laporta Manager Josep Guardiola League La Liga 2008-09 La Liga, 1st 2008-09 European Champions I met a beautiful Catalan girl in Australia in the early 1990s and she invited me to stay with her in Barcelona after our travels. I took her up on the offer and enjoyed her company. One night she asked me if I would escort here to her elderly relative's party in the suburbs, which, being an Englishman, repaid her hospitality by agreeing to attend. It's not what you want to do but you show your respect. As the metro neared the superb in question the trains started to fill with football fans and when we got off at the station it started to dawn on me that we were now part of the throng heading for the Nou Camp, whether we liked it or not, sucked up in the cheering mass of drums beats and laughter.. My gorgeous girlfriend had become perfect and surprised me with two tickets to watch her team, and if we are honest, the most romantic team in the world. Not only that but Maradona was on the bench for Sevilla and we had very good tickets. Guys, it just doesn't get better than that although we did have to eat pitios, a bird seen like snack Catalans love. Sadly I was too much of a gentleman to her during my stay and she dumped me for a Swedish policeman with attitude. As a Manchester United fan I would like to congratulate Barcelona on playing Arsenal off the field with intelligent keep-ball football , the stuff that United can't handle these days, the Arsenal fold from all four tournaments taking just three weeks this year, a record for Wenger. But United have learnt to how play the likes of Barcalona and if look at Uniteds last few finals against top teams they have gone to penalties because the key is not to concede in the 90 minutes. Barcelona was only ever going to play one way in the 2009 final and that's what made the defeat all rather disappointing for United. Ferguson's only tactic seemed to be to bung Ronaldo up front so he can take pot-shots, hoping one would go in and be the winning goal and so the Portuguese star would stay at United the next season. But Ronaldo took that formation as an opportunity to try and show off and try and out do Lionel Messi, which didn't work, of course. But it's had the opposite effect on him and he knows Spanish football is now the only show in town and La Liga and Real Madrid is the place where he can be part of that to outdo Barcalona. On the widest pitch in Europe Ronaldo and Gigg's needed to be out on the wing tips whipping balls in and Tevez (not Park) and Rooney on the end of them. The players that could do the damage were isolated and so we lost. Fergie didn't have a plan to beat Barca and so we should have played for penalties. Barcelona's midfield was impressive to say the least and dominated the ball and the game, their equally impressive untried manger at just 38 years young and an incredible story, Guardiola the first Spanish league manager to win the treble of the Spanish Cup, La Liga and the Champions League in the clubs history. -The Nou Camp Stadium Trophy Cabinet- FC Barcelona is one of only three clubs never to be relegated from the Spanish top league so the cabinet is rather full. They are still second to Real Madrid trophy wise but with a three hundred million Euros coming in annually they are Europe and so the world's third richest club and catching fast. La Liga Winners 19 times: 1929, 1937, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009 Copa Del Rey (record 25 wins) Winners: 1910, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2009 Supercopa de España Winners (7): 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006 Copa de la Liga Winners (2): 1983, 1986 -Major international competitions- Champions League Winners (3): 1992, 2006, 2009 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winners (A record 4): 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner to the UEFA Cup) Winners (3): 1958, 1960, 1966 European Super Cup Winners (2): 1992, 1997 = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = The Nou Camp Stadium The 'Nou Camp' is the largest football stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,772 seats and a small standing section pushing them over 100,000. Barcelona are very popular; around 25% of all Spain's population supporting the club, while also enjoying being the most popular football club in Europe with around 44 million fans, more even than Manchester United. It has 150,000 plus 'socis' (members) , the Catalan club also placed among the top football clubs in the world with the most registered members, and the number of 'penyes', officially-registered supporter clubs, some 1,700 plus worldwide to date. The fans of FC Barcelona are known as 'culers'. The club shares a great rivalry with Real Madrid, known as El Clásico, when they play. Barcelona recently beat them 6-2 on their patch, a record win. The club is owned by the socis and they vote on lost of things, although not quite Ebbsfleet United. It's a members club in the traditional sense and has a strong beating Catalan heart. The ground is very impressive and even in the nosebleed bucket seats the atmosphere and sheer size of the thing washes over you. There's a small standing area behind the goal for the hardcore fans that bang the drums and wave the huge flags and ticket prices are very fair. Access to the ground is very good with metro coming in at all angles and with bus and huge car parks everywhere one of the best to get to in Europe. The museum is excellent and the trophy room astounding, more glitter than Puff Daddy's underwear draw. When I did the trip in the 90s it cost about six quid and it lasts a along as you want it to, guides and refreshments available, free tapas on the day I was there. With translations and a big souvenir shop its well worth a trip up there just for the tour. Their footy season is over now and doesn't restart until September. Match day ticket prices in the mid nineties were cheaper than the premiership although there's a lot of season ticket holders at the Nou Camp and so the best deals harder to get. My mates paid £23x2 last year for league game up near the floodlights and cherry pickers so its well worth taking in game on your holidays, Barcelona quite simply a stunning venue for a city break, or perhaps jump on the excellent rail links from the costal resorts of nearby Stitges or the Costa Blanca to get into the city for some footy. -The Players- Barcelona are nationalistic and mostly buy Spanish and Latin players, although not so Basue dependent these days, only one or two guys in the current squad non Spanish or Portuguese speakers. They have averaged three goals a game this season with Messi getting most of them, an extroidinary talent. If you're going to see a game in Europe next year then this would be the team to watch. Who would'nt pay good money to see the likes of Messi, Xavi, Iniesta. They, perhaps, need another striker and the defence is getting old but their touch is magical and I'm off to look at some of Messi`s goals on Youtube. Current squad No. Position Player 1 GK Víctor Valdés (3rd captain) 2 DF Daniel Alves 3 DF Gerard Piqué 5 DF Carles Puyol (captain) 6 MF Xavi Hernández (vice-captain) 7 FW David Villa 8 MF Andrés Iniesta (4th captain) 9 FW Bojan Krkić 10 FW Lionel Messi 11 FW Jeffrén Suárez 13 GK José Manuel Pinto 14 MF Javier Mascherano 15 MF Seydou Keita 16 MF Sergio Busquets 17 FW Pedro Rodríguez 18 DF Gabriel Milito 19 DF Maxwell Andrade 20 MF Ibrahim Afellay 21 DF Adriano Correia 22 DF Éric Abidal 26 DF Andreu Fontàs -Wiki Records- Migueli holds both records for number of total and Liga appearances for Barcelona with a total of 548 games, and 391 in La Liga. Most recently, Xavi, vice-captain of the club, reached 470 games for the club. Barcelona's all time top goal scorer in official competitions is César Rodríguez, a Spaniard, who has scored 235 goals. Ladislao Kubala is in second place with 196 goals. . http://www.fcbarcelona.com/web/english/ (Facts care/off wikipedia)
I have been to the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona three times and each time it makes me gob smacked, For the sheer size of it, the style of it, the noise when the game is on. Everything about it is truely breath taking. The Camp Nou has a capacity of nearly 99,000 which is makes it the seventh largest stadium in the world. The stadium is old and that is visible for all to see from the outside which the first time i looked at it i thought it was a multi storey car park. The real treat is inside the stadium. Doing the tour is a great way to kill about an hour looking into the history of the club, what they have won, the trophy room. the dressing room and even to walk down the tunnel and stand on the pitch. if you go to see the Camp Nou you have to watch a game, its not the same without doing it. The song the players come out too, the cheering, the noise when they score and seeing world class players playing a relaxed, skillfull game of football is amazing to see. The club shop is ridiculously expensive, i got a fake Barcelona shirt for half the price in a shop down the Ramblers with the nike tike and offical tags on.
The exterior and interior of The Camp Nou is one of the biggest dumps I have ever been in. I paid good money for the stadium tour and what I found was in my opinion an utter disgrace. (My visit was in July 2008) No working lifts so everyone including old and infirm people had to trudge up about 8 flights of stairs in a grotty, filthy stairwell to get up to the higher vantage point inside the stadium. The whole of the interior, excluding the trophy rooms and probably the home teams changing room which was out of bounds to visitors, was grotty, totally undecorated and like the inside of a badly maintained public toilet. The away team's changing rooms, which we were allowed into, was of a far lower standard than any poorly funded school changing room. Old beaten up lockers, cheap old showers, basic wooden benches and hooks on the wall and that's about it. Clearly hadn't been updated for at least 15 years. I suppose you could argue that it is deliberate psychology to make the away team uncomfortable but having seen the dire state of decoration in most other parts of the interior of the stadium I'd say that it was just shoddy and lazy to have it in such a state. The only place to get food and drink was an area near to the stadium entrance which had very cheap metal tables and chairs, not fit for a cheap garden, and the food was of poor transport cafe standard....... that's cafe spelt caff. The only smart areas were the trophy room and the souvenir shop. The pitch itself was manicured to a very high standard. The seating was okay but not special or new in any way. The whole thing was a major disappointment and I am still astounded at what a dump the Camp Nou is given that Barcelona FC are such a great club. Perhaps there is some major updating of the stadium planned or in progress. I would hope so because what I saw was just not fitting in my opinion of one of Europe's top clubs. This review is also posted on www.ciao.co.uk under my user name bella6789
If you're an avid football supporter like myself and you visit the fabulous city of Barcelona, its almost rude not to visit the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC of the spanish football league. It is the largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,772 - almost 10,000 more seats than the newly opened wembley stadium which cost £778million to build! It seems they're not satisfied with the current capacity as I was told on the tour of the stadium there are plans for expansion, taking the overall capacity over 100,000 - wow! When visiting the stadium you can visit either the stadium museum, do the stadium tour or as I did, both. Its excellent value for money and there is so much to see, it really is a truly awesome experience. The stadium tour takes you to many of the great places within the stadium, such as the players chapel, changing rooms (really impressive), players tunnel, pitchside dugout, the pitch (not always available to walk onto), the press area and the club presidents box ( features the best view in the whole stadium). It really is a great way to spend a couple of hours because you really get an insight into how good and big the club really is. They've had some truly fantastic players over the years and you get to grace the same changing rooms, players tunnel and if you're luckily enough even the pitch. From pitchside the panoramic view of the stadium it quite sensational, the stands seem so high and the seats seem to go on and on forever. Its remarkable to think that the capacity used to be over 120,00 but had to be reduced beacause the extra capacity was provided by a standing area at the top of one of the stands. My favourite part of the tour was the tunnel and the walk which takes you pitchside, you can imagine you're a player and the feeling is incredible. Well recommended. The stadium museum is called the Museu del Barca and is also an incredible place - where you could spend hours. Again you get the sense of how the good the team has been over the years as the museum actually houses 420 trophies! It tracks the history of the club from its origin right the way through to present day, featuring many famous pieces of memorabilia, such as signed shirts, boots and footballs aswell as many videos and photos. Fantastic place. Address: Avinguda Aeristides Maillol West of Barcelona, 5km from the city centre Bus Routes: 7, 15, 43, 67, 68, 74, 75, L12, L50, L60 and L62 Metro Lines: 3 and 5 Opening Times: 10am - 6.30pm approx (varies) Prices: Museum 8,50E (6,80E) Museum + Stadium Tour 13,00E (10,40E) Note: Entrance to the stadium via gates 7 and 9. I would really recommend coming here to anybody visitng this famous city, if you fancy it you could even catch a game. Thanks for reading (review also posted on Ciao under the same name).
Two years ago now I went on a school trip to Barcelona, surprisingly with my Spanish class and teachers. We were staying very near to Barcelona and made several day trips around the area visiting places such as the Guadi museum and the Sagrada Familia, but none of these compare to the surprise that was brought upon us. We were sudden;y one day, whilst on the coach told we were going to visit Nou Camp, the stadium of the world class team Barcelona. e were not only going to have a tour of the stadium, but also watching a live match against Osasuna. The great thing was I was from a boys school and everyone absolutely loved football! Here's a few facts about the stadium: Official Name: Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona Inauguration: 24 September 1956 First match: FC Barcelona-Warsaw selection 4-2 Renovations: 1980 & 1994 Capacity: 98,800 seats Address: Avinguda Aristides Maillol, s/n, 08028, Barcelona History: The stadium is actually called Camp Nou, literally meaning New Field, but has always been called Nou Camp in both England and Spain. It has been the home ground for Barcelona since 1957 and is a 5 star Uefa rated stadium and has consequently hosted many international matches including several Champions League finals including the latest being in 1999, when Man United had one of those great seasons beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final. The stadium currently has a capacity of just under 99,000, but at one point it reached 120,000 before standing sections were outlawed by Uefa. It is currently the largest stadium in Europe and the tenth largest in the world. The stadium has also hosted events outside of football and has had many famous artists act in it including famous artists such as Michael Jackson and U2. The Tour: If you are going to visit Barcelona and have an interest in football then taking the tour at the stadium would certainly be a wise idea. The tour is the only true way of really experiencing the stadium. You get to visit every area of the stadium and learn about its history and present. The areas you visit include the press box (this is great as you are practically floating over the pitch and get a great view), the presidents box, the changing rooms and finally down the tunnel. This way you get to feel what it is like to be a Barca player and can see the whole stadium from 'below'. At the end of the tour you also get to visit the Museum and see all the trophies and the whole history of the club in real life - it is well worth seeing! Prices of the tour: Adult - 13 Euros Child (6 to 13) - 10,40 Euros Children under 6 - free There is also a very large club shop to visit where you can buy a variety of Barcelona related merchandise from team kits and shirts to t-shirts, pencils, golf balls, footballs, bags, and anything else you can think of with the team logo on it! Match day: Of course the only way to truly understand the Nou Camp experience is to watch a match there and feel the amazing atmosphere. When we went we saw Barcelona against Osasuna. The atmosphere was electric with a near full stadium and everyone cheering, chanting and singing (including us!). The stadium is lit up with colour from all the shirts and with cameras constantly flashing you know you are somewhere special. The team are also exceptionally good and were able to defeat Osasuna 2-0, with a goal (header) from Eto'o and i can't remember the other one. It was great to see a world class team and Ronaldinho when he was the best player in the world! They just make it even more exciting, especially when he turns on his magic. It's just a shame he has moved on to Milan, but it's probably best for him. The atmosphere was awesome throughout the whole game and i enjoyed every single moment of it. I would have to say it is probably one of the best stadiums i have ever been to! If you do decide to go to watch a match it would be advised to get there very early or find some good means of transport, i.e. walking as it becomes absolutely blocked up on match days in the city. We were stuck for several hours in the coach when we were only about 10 minutes from the stadium. Tickets: Ticket prices depend on where abouts you sit in the stadium and can cost from 20 Euros up to almost 200 Euros. It would be advised to buy or book your tickets in advance in order to get the best seats for you. The stadium of course has loads of facilities including bars and snack areas to exclusive VIP areas. There is even a creche in order to get rid of the kids to go and enjoy the football. This is the biggest and one of the best stadiums in Europe and if you ever get the chance to go then definitely do it. The team are great and the atmosphere is amazing. The tour is also very interesting, particularly if you love football and you can see so much history in the museum as well. I would love to go back here one year and many even see a champions league match would be super. I hope you get the chance to go as well! Thanks for reading.
Being the huge football fan that I am, I couldnt let a recent trip to Barcelona pass by without visiting one of the most spectacular stadiums in the world .no, its not Vicarage Road (that is THE greatest!) ..The Nou Camp. Technically called "El Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona", it is the home of European Champions FC Barcelona. I was lucky enough to have a tour of the stadium, and see their first game as defending champions against Levski Sofia the score was 5-0 . *** The stadium *** FC Barcelona was founded in the late 19th century, and occupied several stadia around the city before moving to the Nou Camp in September 1957. This was inevitable as the club's popularity had soared during the 50s, driven by the team's amazing success. The first match that took place in the Camp Nou was FC Barcelona against a team from Warsaw and the Barcelona line-up in the new Stadium was formed by: Ramallets, Olivella, Brugu, Segarra, Vergs, Gensana, Basora, Villaverde, Martnez, Kubala and Tejada. Bara won 4-2. With a capacity of 98,787, the stadium is easily one of the largest (if not the largest) in Europe, and certainly in the top 5 in the world. It sits 48 metres high and has a surface of 55,000 square metres (250 m long and 220 m wide). Its one of those sights that simply takes your breath away! We were seated on the 2nd tier, by the corner flag an excellent view. I could actually make out who Ronaldinho was without squinting! Any higher and the players look like ants! The away fans are given a very small section on the top tier, maybe no more than 3,000-6,000 seats. There are 2 screens at the top tiers behind both goals, so if you are in the heavens, you can keep up with whos who, and if you miss one of the goals, they will replay the action. When the players walk out to the pitch, the Barca song plays. I couldnt understand a word, but there is lots of clapping!) The only other chant that ran through the game was Gooooooal! when a player scored. A great atmosphere, although Im used to Watford games being on the noisy side! One word of advice if you can, make sure you sit in the section with the roof otherwise if it rains as heavily as it did when we were there, you wont be able to see the game! (you can guess what happened to us!) *** Food and Drink *** There were hot dogs on offer costing a few Euros (£2), and the line stemmed all the way around to the next block. I noticed that many of the Spaniards like to bring their own food, usually sandwiches wrapped in tin foil! Unlike grounds in the UK, you can actually take pints of beer to your seats. Again, queues were huge at half time. *** Toilets *** Be prepared to queue and take your own tissue! In my block, there were no signs of which toilets were which need I say more! *** Tickets for games *** As you can imagine, tickets for games (in particular, Champions League games or a local derby) can be hard to come by. If living in the UK you can do one of 2 things 1. pre-purchase with a tour company such as Last Minute.com. These are usually three times the cost of what you would expect to pay on the door, but it will guarantee you a seat before you go to Barcelona. Alternatively, you can purchase on the day from the ticket box outside the grounds. We went straight from the airport to the grounds just to make sure. Our ticket cost 35Euros (£25) which considering it was a Champions League game, and the view we had, is cheaper that what Crystal Palace charge to watch them play South End in the Championship! They have a scanner system in operation, ensuring dodgy tickets are stamped out. When ours failed to scan, I started to panic thinking they were fake tickets, however, we were led to a room by one of the helpful stewards (luckily Simon speaks Spanish) and they gave us a replacement barcode to be scanned. *** The tour *** Considering the history of the club, and the shear size of this magnificent stadium, a tour is a necessity! The cost is 11 Euros (£7) for a guided tour around the ground and the museum. The museum is packed full of artefacts from over the years. Video screens are dotted everywhere, replaying Barcelona's magical European Cup triumph of 1992, with lots of memorabilia from their most recent win, with more to add I am sure! There are also hundreds of shields given throughout their various cup and European games, along with sculptures and antique balls cementing the rich history of the club. Most impressive are the shining trophies on display including La Liga and the Champions League! I could not help but to take a few pictures, as I will not see it at Vicarage Road for a few years! Although the pitch was out of bounds, we were allowed to explore the rest of the stadium, from pitch-side, to the heavens! From up there, the groundsmen looked like ants! We were also allowed in the changing rooms, and to walk through the tunnel! Just give me a pair of footie boots and call me Ronaldihno! Well, not quite, but it was very exciting! What really fascinated me was the sheer size of the pressrooms, and the stadium has its very own TV studio! *** The club shop *** A walk around the store is another must (at Vicarage Road it is more like a shed!) what a store . 2 storeys of every piece of merchandise you can imagine! They obviously sell the replica kits (around £40) and scarves, but there are also signed balls, boots, pencil cases, you name it they have it! Even miniature cartoon figures are available! Stalls sell unofficial merchandise outside, so we picked up some cheap souvenirs such as a plastic wallet for Simons oyster card for 1 Euro. ***Conclusion*** The Nou Camp was everything I imagined it would be gigantic, atmospheric, and historic. The stadium itself is enough to take your breath away, but the enormity of the collection of artefacts is mesmerising. It is understandable why Barcelona love their club and stadium so much. Barca, Barca! ***Information and reservations for museum *** Tel. (+34) 93 496 36 00 Fax. (+34) 93 496 37 79 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ***Opening hours *** From Monday to Saturday: 10:00-18:30 - Tour Camp Nou until 17:30 Sundays and Bank holidays: 10:00-14:00 - Tour Camp Nou until 13:30 Days with a Champions League at the stadium: 10:00-13:00 - Tour Camp Nou doesn't work 1/1, 6/1 and 25/12, closed ***How to get there *** Address: Avinguda Aristides Maillol, s/n, 08028, Barcelona. Located in the northwest of the city, the stadium is a few minutes' walk from Collblanc Metro station (L5 Light-Blue). Bus lines: 7, 15, 43, 67, 68, 74, 75, L12, L50, L60 and L62. Metro: Line 3 (Get off at Maria Cristina or Les Corts) and Line 5 (Get off at Collblanc and walk 10 mins or Badal). From the port area it took us 20 minutes by metro.
Well for the second of my Barcelona ops, it has to be the first thing we did on the Friday, a visit to the Nou Camp. The main reason for our trip was to see Barcelona play someone, however this wasn?t possible as they were away that weekend. So instead we did the next best thing, The Nou Camp Stadium tour and visit to the Barcelona FC Museum. Of course I?m sure it comes as no surprise that on our first full day, having got drunk the night before, we went to do something related to Football. Having decided that it wasn?t that far from our hotel to the ground we set of walking and half an hour later we were still walking. Thinking we were getting no where near despite having seen the ground 15 minutes previously, we turned down a road that looked quite posh and there right in front of us was the largest Football stadium in Europe. Barcelona FC moved to the Nou Camp in 1957 and since then have built a complex surrounding it that plays host to a number of the clubs different teams. As Barcelona aren?t just a football team, they also have teams for Basketball, American Football, Wrestling and many, many more. Along side the 98,000 seater Nou camp there are the smaller stadium where Barcelona reserves play, which holds around about 15,000 people and various other sports halls, including an ice rink. So onto the tour, there are two options you can either just visit the museum, which cost ?5 for adults or ?3 for Kids and International Students. Or you could do the full tour and museum visit, which gets you right into the inner parts of the stadium. This cost us ?9 and would have cost about ?7 for Kids and International students, which is pretty good value. The tour is available in three different languages, however it wasn?t quite as we had expected. Instead of being a guided tour in the normal sense where you follow a guide around you actually are free to walk around the designated areas at your own pace. The actual guided part is the f act that there is a person in almost every room, should you have any questions although we never actually spoke to them as everything was answered by the multilingual card positioned within each of the rooms. During the tour you get to see the Away team dressing room, which apparently looks just like the home one only with a couple of features less. Then it?s onto the tunnel, where after visiting the small chapel, was the biggest rush of the whole tour, making that walk down the tunnel, where so many famous players have gone before and stepping out into the area around the dugout. When you look up at the empty stands it?s just an amazing feeling for any football fan, but then the thought of looking up at a 98,000 capacity crowd would just be something mind blowing. You basically get to stand within the technical boxes of both the home and away team as the rest of the pitch is out of bounds. We spent quite a bit of time here looking around at the pitch, getting our photo taken with the score board behind us and the like before heading back inside to the press room. Within here you have the press conference area, a small interview room and the waiting area, which is covered in pictures of players who represented Spain whilst playing for Barcelona. This is quite an amazing list of players and covers almost three entire walls of the room, and this is just the Spanish Internationals never mind any of the other nationalities. We even got a picture of Lee with his feet up on the desk in the interview room. From there you move onto the Reception area for the guests and directors of the club. A full list of sponsors is on view, which includes people like Nike and Sony. Then up another flight of stairs you come to the Presidents box. Within here is a replica of the European Cup from the last time they won it, although you aren?t actually allowed to pick it up. Then out into the actual seating area of the box, which has actually got a marble floor rather than the concrete the rest of the stadium has. The view from here is quite possibly the best in the ground, with the club president having his own seat right at the front. This is where the tour ends but it actually took us about an hour and a half just to wander round and take everything in. Of course after the tour you then have the museum to look round and another chance to savour the view of the Nou camp from the middle tear and the seats you could end up in if you actually came to see a game, so we did this before the museum. Again the views from here are superb and it would seem that almost every seat in the ground has a fantastic view of the pitch. Of course it?s nothing like being up here looking down on the pitch as it was down there looking up but it?s still an amazing feeling. The thought of how the stadium would feel full is just one of those things that will have to be tried out, so another trip back to Barcelona looks on the cards. The actual museum itself contains three main sections. With the first as you come in from the stands being the History of the club, dating back through the Cruyff era, both as a player and manager. There?s a huge replica of the Nou Camp, which must have taken a great deal of time and effort to make up. Also within this section are the remaining players of non Spanish nationality who made international appearances whilst there, including almost the entire Dutch national squad and both Gary Lineker and Mark Hughes. The next part of the museum we went into was a history of all their other teams and to be honest wasn?t really something that appealed to us, as we?d hardly even realised they had all these different teams. Instead we headed on up to the top floor where there is a massive art gallery containing paintings, sculptures and lots of posters from throughout the time the club have been going. This probably provided one of the funniest moments of the tour. If you lo ok at every picture of the Barcelona team during the time Terry Venables was in charge you will notice one theme in all of them. He?s never actually looking at the camera in any of them. Finally having done all that, which took the best part of 4 and a half hours for the tour and museum visit you leave via the Barcelona club shop as the way out drops you right into the middle of it. From here you can of course by any old Barcelona merchandising tat. From Shirts with names and numbers on them costing not far off £80 down to packets of crisps and toy cars for a couple of Euros. There?s also a service where they take you picture and plant it next to a player from the past or present of Barcelona. Well that?s pretty much the tour, well worth the price of the entrance fee. The exhibits are all full of information for anyone with a love of Football, and the Trophy cabinet in the director?s box really is a sight to behold. The change to stand on the pitch, even though it was just the edge is something that will stay with me forever and is really an experience I can?t recommend highly enough. So the final word, if you?re in Barcelona then head to the Nou Camp and enjoy, we certainly did
Here's something to do while you're in Barcelona: ask (politely!) any Catalan on the street what the most important football team in the world is. It doesn't take an Einstein to realise that FC Barcelona will come up trumps 99.99% of the time. "El Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona", affectionately known by the Catalan nickname of "Camp Nou", is the current home of FC Barcelona. The venue for numerous glorious footballing moments since its inauguration in 1957, the famous stadium undoubtedly contains the most revered blades of grass in Catalonia, and a comprehensive list of the sporting greats who have graced it would be very long indeed. The fiery Catalan separatist tradition has always flowed naturally onto the football pitch; anyone who has witnessed Barcelona against bitter rivals Real Madrid would find it hard to disagree! FC Barcelona was founded in the late 19th century, and occupied several stadia around the city before moving to the Nou Camp in 1957. This was inevitable as the club's popularity had soared during the 50s, driven by the team's amazing success. With a capacity of 98,000 , the stadium is by far the largest in Europe and second only to the legendary Brazilian Maracana worldwide. Located in the northwest of the city, the stadium is a few minutes' walk from Collblanc Metro station (L5 Light-Blue). Admission is a real bargain at 575ptas (~£2.30) for adults and 425ptas (~£1.70) for students with the ISIC card. With football being increasingly run as a business nowadays, it's hardly surprising that the Nike club shop is the first stop! And what a club shop it is - 2 massive storeys forming the equivalent of merchandising heaven. Whether you're looking for replica kits, signed balls, boots/trainers or mugs, you'll find them here. Even table football sets and novelty chocolates are available! Due to Barcelona's sizeable international contingent, especially from the Netherlands and Brazil, plenty of international kits are also on sale. And of course, the get-your-photo-taken-then-cut-and-pasted-next-to-your-favourite-player ploy is in full swing. As one would expect, prices are definitely on the high side. The first few museum exhibits cater for FC Barcelona's other (lesser known but equally successful) sports teams. Trophy cabinets are packed with ice hockey, field hockey, handball and basketball prizes. However, the emphasis soon moves onto football - the shelves upon shelves of glittering trophies were enough to make my QPR-supporting friend quite ill! Video screens are dotted everywhere, replaying Barcelona's magical European Cup triumph of 1992 and other memorable victories. Koeman's free kick at Wembley which sank Sampdoria was practically ingrained into my brain by the end of the visit! An impressive amount of footballing culture and art is on show. Sculptures, paintings, antique balls and other paraphernalia are displayed to preserve the rich history of FC Barcelona. The incredible size of the Nou Camp only struck fully when we entered the stadium proper. The pitch itself was strictly out of bounds (no Hollyoaks-esque antics then!) but we were allowed to explore freely the middle terrace. The pitch and the groundsmen looked distinctly tiny, such was the vastness of the stadium. The fact that we visited the Nou Camp on the eve of Liverpool's UEFA cup semi-final meant that there were quite a few red shirts milling around, and this only added to the rarefied atmosphere. On the way out, photos of some of the great players who have represented Barcelona adorned the walls. To name a selection: Cruyff, César, Maradona, Eusebio, Stoichkov, Ronaldo, dare we include Figo? The team photos featured the British exports of Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker! The current crisis in the UK could leave the English game without a national stadium. The FA really could learn a lesson or two from the slick professionalism of FC Barcelona. Who needs the Twin Towers anyway? NB. This is the 5th instalment of my BS series. For the introduction, please kindly turn to "BS Uno - The Odyssey Begins"; general information on Barcelona is scattered throughout the series. Thanks for reading!