The History of Camp Nou
The Camp Nou is one of the most historic football grounds in the world. It really is a breathtaking sight to walk through the turnstile and realise just how much history this football ground holds. From the most recent logic defying feat of beating PSG 6-1 in the Champions League to complete one of the most amazing comebacks ever witnessed on a football pitch to Michale Jackson playing in front of 95,000 screaming fans during his record breaking “Bad World Tour.” Without a doubt The Camp Nou is a very special place indeed.
The Camp Nou holds 99,354 people. When you know this it of information then its easy to understand why many people say its the best place on earth to watch a football match. With that many people the atmosphere is always electric.
The stadium officially opened in 1957 and the first match to ever take place was a friendly between FC Barcelona and Warsaw. After this first match at the new stadium Barcelona went on an unbeaten streak. In 13 games the team won eleven times and drew twice. It was only when arch rivals Real Madrid beat FC Barcelona 2-0 did it bring the streak to a close. Originally named the Estadi del FC Barcelona it didn’t take long to become refereed to as Camp Nou. Two words that send shivers down every football player and indeed every football fan’s spine.
The Camp Nou has been redeveloped many times over the years with the addition of standing areas and extra seating but its latest developments set to kick off in 2017 will see the Camp Nou extend its capacity to a staggering 105,000 seats. Currently, Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Europe and with the installation of extra seating no one will be stealing this moniker anytime soon.
The Camp Nou see’s hundreds upon hundreds of visitors every day and that doesn’t include match fixtures. On match days this number will shoot up into the thousands. The Camp Nou tour will bring you closer to the stadium than you could every imagine. What football fanatic could resist having a look at the changing rooms, commentary boxes and even the stadium chapel. Walking across the players tunnel is worth the admission to the tour alone.
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899. That is over 100 years of players, victories, and trophies from moments of pure euphoria to the desolation of defeat the FC Barca Museum is an interactive tour. It is the most visited museum in Catalonia and with most of FC Barcelona’s trophies on display why wouldn’t it be.
FC Barcelona have seen some tremendous players in its history from Maradona, Ronaldinho, Cruyff, Ronaldo and Romario but none hold as many accolades as FC Barcelona’s number 10, Messi. Messi has won 5 FIFA Ballon d’Or Awards, he holds the record for the most official goals in a calendar year a whopping 91 and he is the only footballer to score over 60 goals in two consecutive seasons (2011/12 and 2012/12.) That is why FC Barcelona has dedicated a space the man, the myth, the legend that is Messi. It’s in the Messi Space you can see some of his career highlights and his Golden Boots first hand.
How to find Camp Nou
Camp Nou sits in the east of Barcelona. The stadium is easily accessible via Metro (Barcelona’s transport system) and there are loads of stations situated around the stadium itself.
When you are in the city centre of Barcelona you can hop on the Metro line 3. This will take you out towards Zona Universitària and leave the train at Les Corts Station. It can take about 25 minutes to get to Camp Nou from the city centre. If you are traveling from outside of the city centre the Metro website (https://www.tmb.cat/ca/home/) is really easy to use and will show you the routes you need to take to visit Europes largest football stadium.
Hotels Near Camp Nou
If you want to experience the awe of Camp Nou then there are loads of great hotels situated near the stadium itself. The Capri by Fraser Suites is a stunning hotel which can offer accommodation for couples and families. The hotel sits in the ultra fashionable 22@ business district and is just 15 minutes away from the marina and the beach.
This luxury hotel is really modern and spacious with free Wifi for guest, a 24 hour reception and a restaurant on site. If you are planning a weekend away or if you are staying in the city for longer we recommend you check out this hotel as it’s the premier choice for hotels near Camp Nou the area and the stadium.