Camp Nou

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, Spain, Barcelona

Camp Nou (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkam ˈnɔw], “New Field”), called “the Nou Camp” in English, is a football stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The stadium, located in the west of the city, has been the home of FC Barcelona since its construction in 1957. It has hosted numerous international matches at a senior level including two UEFA Champions League finals, the most recent being in 1999. It seats 99,354, making it the largest stadium in Europe and the eleventh largest in the world in terms of capacity. Its official name was Estadi del FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona Stadium) until 2000, when the club members voted to formally adopt the popular nickname Camp Nou. It held UEFA five-star status until 2006, when a new rating system was introduced by UEFA. Though opposed by current club president Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona initially approved the sale of its former training ground Mini Estadi to remodel the stadium on its fiftieth anniversary. The plans are on hold because of the World financial crisis.