Nou Camp - Barcelona F.C., Barcelona
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Two years ago now I went on a school trip to Barcelona, surprisingly with my Spanish class and teachers. We were staying very near to Barcelona and made several day trips around the area visiting places such as the Guadi museum and the Sagrada Familia, but none of these compare to the surprise that was brought upon us. We were sudden;y one day, whilst on the coach told we were going to visit Nou Camp, the stadium of the world class team Barcelona. e were not only going to have a tour of the stadium, but also watching a live match against Osasuna. The great thing was I was from a boys school and everyone absolutely loved football!Here's a few facts about the stadium:
Official Name: Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona
Inauguration: 24 September 1956
First match: FC Barcelona-Warsaw selection 4-2
Renovations: 1980 & 1994
Capacity: 98,800 seats
Address: Avinguda Aristides Maillol, s/n, 08028, Barcelona
The stadium is actually called Camp Nou, literally meaning New Field, but has always been called Nou Camp in both England and Spain. It has been the home ground for Barcelona since 1957 and is a 5 star Uefa rated stadium and has consequently hosted many international matches including several Champions League finals including the latest being in 1999, when Man United had one of those great seasons beating Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final.
The stadium currently has a capacity of just under 99,000, but at one point it reached 120,000 before standing sections were outlawed by Uefa. It is currently the largest stadium in Europe and the tenth largest in the world.
The stadium has also hosted events outside of football and has had many famous artists act in it including famous artists such as Michael Jackson and U2.
If you are going to visit Barcelona and have an interest in football then taking the tour at the stadium would certainly be a wise idea. The tour is the only true way of really experiencing the stadium. You get to visit every area of the stadium and learn about its history and present. The areas you visit include the press box (this is great as you are practically floating over the pitch and get a great view), the presidents box, the changing rooms and finally down the tunnel. This way you get to feel what it is like to be a Barca player and can see the whole stadium from 'below'. At the end of the tour you also get to visit the Museum and see all the trophies and the whole history of the club in real life - it is well worth seeing!Prices of the tour:
Adult - 13 Euros
Child (6 to 13) - 10,40 Euros
Children under 6 - free
There is also a very large club shop to visit where you can buy a variety of Barcelona related merchandise from team kits and shirts to t-shirts, pencils, golf balls, footballs, bags, and anything else you can think of with the team logo on it!
Of course the only way to truly understand the Nou Camp experience is to watch a match there and feel the amazing atmosphere.
When we went we saw Barcelona against Osasuna. The atmosphere was electric with a near full stadium and everyone cheering, chanting and singing (including us!). The stadium is lit up with colour from all the shirts and with cameras constantly flashing you know you are somewhere special. The team are also exceptionally good and were able to defeat Osasuna 2-0, with a goal (header) from Eto'o and i can't remember the other one. It was great to see a world class team and Ronaldinho when he was the best player in the world! They just make it even more exciting, especially when he turns on his magic. It's just a shame he has moved on to Milan, but it's probably best for him. The atmosphere was awesome throughout the whole game and i enjoyed every single moment of it. I would have to say it is probably one of the best stadiums i have ever been to!
If you do decide to go to watch a match it would be advised to get there very early or find some good means of transport, i.e. walking as it becomes absolutely blocked up on match days in the city. We were stuck for several hours in the coach when we were only about 10 minutes from the stadium.
Ticket prices depend on where abouts you sit in the stadium and can cost from 20 Euros up to almost 200 Euros. It would be advised to buy or book your tickets in advance in order to get the best seats for you.
This is the biggest and one of the best stadiums in Europe and if you ever get the chance to go then definitely do it. The team are great and the atmosphere is amazing. The tour is also very interesting, particularly if you love football and you can see so much history in the museum as well.I would love to go back here one year and many even see a champions league match would be super. I hope you get the chance to go as well!
Thanks for reading.
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