Camp Nou - the most important information
To football fans, Barcelona most definitely is "more than a club". The official stadium of the most awarded club in Spain, alongside a museum visited by over a million people each year, is a must-see even if you're not a huge sports fan. Experience the madness of a vital football match or go for a relaxing stroll right on the field.
About Camp Nou
This magnificent stadium was built in just three years! The construction began in March of 1954 because the previous Barcelona stadium became too small for the club's rising popularity. The architects behind this project were Francesc Mitjans and Josep Soteras, with some help from Lorenzo García-Barbón. The project cost 1.7 billion euros. It was officially opened on 24th September 1957, renovated three times until 2018; it stands as the biggest stadium in Europe with almost 100.000 seats. Camp Nou also brought good luck to Spain; Spain has won its only Olympic gold in football at the stadium, beating Poland in 1992. But, what else makes Camp Nou that great?
- In 1984 FC Barcelona Museum was opened; it displays some of the essential Barcelona memorabilia and is a crucial part of the Camp Nou Experience.
- We can thank Ladislao Kubala and his incredible skills that brought many spectators to Barcelona's games, which forced management to build a new stadium.
- Even though the stadium's capacity is less than 100k, around 120.000 people cheered from the bleachers during the 1982 Football World Cup held in Spain.
- Camp Nou's grass has to be changed from time to time for it to stay favorable. This happens due to major roof construction that prevents enough sunlight from reaching the field, so hybrid grass was introduced in 2016.
What to see and do at Camp Nou?
To witness all the glory of Camp Nou and FC Barcelona Museum, known as the Camp Nou Experience, you will need to spend around 90 minutes exploring. It's considered a self-guided tour, but you can get yourself a tour guide or a digital audio guide. Don't forget to check out:
- FC Barcelona Museum: From Messi's Ballon d'Or's to Maradona's signed number 10 jersey, spectacular bits of FC Barcelona history can be seen on every step. It consists of an extensive collection of photos, trophies, and documents, a private art collection, and a Trophy room. The museum is equipped with a high-tech interactive glass wall that displays photos, videos, and information.
- Tour the stadium: You'll get a chance to see the field up close, sit on the bench and VIP seats, see your favorite players' lockers, get a professional photo taken, and a free jersey personalization.
Tickets and opening hours
- Opening times: The stadium and museum are usually open from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, but some parts of the year are considered low seasons and have different hours. You can't tour the stadium on a matchday, but the Trophy room, museum, and Messi area, alongside a panoramic view of the stadium, are possible until 3 hours before the match starts.
- Tickets: You'll have options, depending on how much you want to explore and spend. You can visit the museum and stadium for 26 euros or go all in and get yourself a Players experience tour for 149 euros and get exclusive access to the changing rooms, the pitch, pressroom, and so much more.
For additional information and in-depth explanations of each ticket option, visit the FC Barcelona website
How to get to Camp Nou?
Camp Nou is situated in the eastern part of Barcelona, and the easiest way to reach it is by metro. The city center is about 5 km away, and you can walk from it or drive.
- By metro: Closest metro stations are Les Corts, Palau Reial, or Maria Cristina on metro line 3 and Collbanlc or Badal on metro line 5.
- By car: Take Ronda de la Universitat and follow it to Carrer de Sepúlveda. At the roundabout at Av. del Paral·lel take the exit that takes you to Carrer de la Creu Coberta/N-340. Follow it to the left turn onto Travessera de les Corts, keep driving on it and take a right turn onto C. d'Aristides Maillol/C. d'Arístides Maillol from where the stadium isn't far. Parking is free except on match days. This same route can be followed on foot.