Barcelona on Thursday confirmed that the football team will play its own matches outside Camp Nou during the 2023-2024 season, due to the process of renovating and renovating the stadium.
The club have indicated that the team will move to the Olympic Stadium in Montjook before returning to “Camp Nou” in the 2024-25 season.
Renovation work on Camp Nou is set to begin next June and is expected to take four years.
Barcelona’s board of directors approved a 1.5 1.5 billion project in December, with the aim of renovating the old Camp Nou stadium and its surroundings.
Under this reconstruction the capacity of the stadium will be increased from 99,000 to 105,000, while the installation of a retractable roof covered with solar panels will be upgraded along with several commercial facilities including hotel, an ice rink and offices.
Club president John Laborda said postponing the demolition of the third floor of the stadium would allow Camp Nou to work “at full capacity next season”.
Laporta added, “Any demolition at any time will be 50 percent effective next season. We will reduce the risks, protect next season’s returns, retain our full potential next season, and we’ll start demolishing. The third level when we go to Montjuïc.”
The Olympic Stadium, with a population of about 61,000, was the stronghold of Barcelona’s Catalan rival Espanyol between 1997 and 2009.
It was the venue where Lionel Messi of Argentina appeared in his first professional match against Barcelona in 2004 against Espanyol.
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