Nou Camp - Barcelona F.C., Barcelona
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Camp Nou, or The Nou Camp as it can be called, was constructed in 1957 and had always been the home of FC Barcelona. It can seat up to 99,354, making it, by far and away, the biggest stadium in Europe and the 14th biggest in the world by capacity. Old Trafford, San Siro and Wembley can only hold 76,212, 80,074 and 90,000 respectively. Its official name was Estadi del FC Barcelona (FC Barcelona Stadium in English) until 2000, when the club members voted to formally adopt the popular nickname Camp Nou. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the stadium, the club is seeking to increase the seating capacity by 13,500, with at least half of the total seating to be under cover. Should these renovations be completed, the stadium will be the third largest in the world, after the Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea and the Salt Lake Stadium in India, 150,000 and 120,000 respectively.
Many football events have been held at the FIFA-recognised ‘elite stadium’, most recently the UEFA Champions League Finals, between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and was used as one of the venues for the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
And it’s not only football-related things that are held at Camp Nou. Julio Iglesias played for 60,000 in 1983, Bruce Springsteen played there on August 3rd 1988, The Three Tenors played there on July 13th 1997 and the U2 360° Tour started there on July 1st 2009. Even Michael Jackson played there to 95,000 people on August 9th 1988 during his Bad World Tour, proving that the biggest stars know where to play at if they want a big audience.
FC Barcelona is a massive club, so you would think that tickets to go to see them at their own stadium would be mighty expensive. And you’d be dead right. To go to see Barca play Deportivo La Coruña, who currently sit 13th in the La Liga table, only 6 point away from the relegation zone, in the worst places to sit (right at the top of the stadium and at the top sides) would cost you a whopping €174 - PER PERSON! To put that in perspective to go to see Manchester United at Old Trafford playing Bolton Wanderers, who are seventh, in the North Stand Longside with good reserved seats, with a clear view of the turf, would cost you €171 per person.
To see Barca play against a rubbish team in rubbish seats costs you more than to see United play against a decent team in good seats?
And the whole ‘best atmosphere in the world’ thing forgets about the Italians, like Inter, Milan, Roma and Juventus and other big Spanish teams, like Real Madrid, Valencia and Villarreal. To go to see Valencia, Villarreal, Roma or Juventus would be a damn sight cheaper, and you would get almost, if not all, the atmosphere of going to see Barcelona.
So, as you can see from above, going to see Barca would be very expensive and it might not even have the best atmosphere in the world, as it claims. So you shouldn’t go. Or should you?
It is a well known fact that FC Barcelona play much better at home, Camp Nou, then away, recording such massive wins as 5-0 against Real Madrid, 4-1 and then 3-1 against Arsenal and 2-0 against a Manchester United with Christiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney, all of who were very much on-form. At Camp Nou then you would be able to see some of the world’s best talent on offer, such as Lionel Messi, David Villa, Xavi, Iniesta and the rest of them. Old Trafford - eat your heart out!
Another point is, although other Italian and Spanish stadiums may have the same ‘sort’ of atmosphere, there’s nothing quite like being with almost 100,000 who all very passionate about their team! Compared to The Emirates or Stanford Bridge, where the overall noise is a drone or some stupid chant, like the imaginative ‘Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal etc’, it is a breath of fresh air. The only real comparison would be Soccer City, the South African stadium, where the World Cup Final was held.
But if you do support Barcelona then you would have to go at least once in your lifetime (You could have it as a little holiday, as there’s a little more in Barcelona then just the football!) It would be like being a Muslim and never going to Mecca; unheard of if you really do support them.
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