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When will Barcelona’s new stadium be ready? Capacity, design and opening date

The Catalan club are playing at the Olympic Stadium in Montjuic as renovation work is conducted at Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona fans gather outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 26, 2020 after Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi announced his desire to leave the club. - Lionel Messi's bombshell request to leave Barcelona is expected to spark a legal battle over a multi-million-dollar buy-out clause but also raises the question of which club could afford him in the heat of the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

The first El Clasico of the 2023-24 season kicks off this weekend in the Catalan capital but not at Camp Nou but at FC Barcelona’s temporary home of Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in the Montjuic area of the city.

The azulgrana will play in Montjuic for the rest of this season and are expected to make a Spotify Camp Nou return in November of 2024 (29 November being cited as the return date) albeit with only 50% of the new stadium set to be operative. The club have earmarked 2026 as the year when all renovation work will have completed.

The club had been toying with a stadium overhaul for a number of years with the new Camp Nou forming part of the Espai Barça that will see a major transformation in the Les Corts stadium and Estadi Johan Cruyff which will look to generate revenue for the club 365 days of the year.

Increased capacity

The historic Camp Nou stadium redevelopment forms part of the $1.5 billion renovation project and when completed, will see an increase in the capacity of the stadium from 99,354 seats to 105,000.

The new Spotify Camp Nou stadium is being designed by Japanese company Nikken Sekkei, who defeated 8 other finalist candidates to win the $420 million bid to renovate Barcelona’s iconic Camp Nou stadium from 1957.

Nikken Sekkei will collaborate with local architects Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes.