Barcelona announce stadium move for Camp Nou revamp: where will they play?
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that the Blaugrana are to play their 2023-24 home games away from the Camp Nou amid renovation work on the stadium.
Barcelona are to leave Camp Nou for the 2023-24 season, as their home stadium undergoes a revamp.
A significant venture for the Catalan side is currently under development, with the ‘Espai project’ seeing major works conducted at both Camp Nou and the club’s wider complex.
Barcelona to spend season at Olympic stadium
Barcelona will remain at Camp Nou for the 2022-23 season but the following year, in 2023-24, will take temporary shelter at the city’s Olympic stadium, the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys.
Formerly the home of Espanyol, the Estadic Olimpic Lluis Companys is the fifth-largest stadium in Spain with a capacity of 60,713 and hosted the Olympic Games in 1992.
Barcelona’s redevelopment of Camp Nou will see the capacity increased from its current 99,000 to 110,000 – making it the third-largest stadium in the world – and a roof will also be constructed to boost sustainability by utilising a heating and cooling system.
Confirming the move, President Joan 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 Barça 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.”
Real Madrid also revamping their home stadium
Arch rivals Real Madrid played their home matches away from the Santiago Bernabéu, which is under redevelopment, during the 2020-21 season. They hosted games at their reserve stadium, Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano.