Barcelona raise possibility of move away from Nou Camp to new stadium
Club deciding in January whether the expand the Nou Camp or move
Tuesday 10 December 2013
Barcelona's board of directors will make a decision in January on whether to expand the Nou Camp or submit plans to move to a new stadium.
The Spanish champions have commissioned a report over the viability of both projects with the objective to increase the capacity of their home ground to 105,000.
Although progress was made at a meeting on Monday, the Barca directors will not announce their preferred option until early in 2014.
Board spokesman Toni Freixa explained on the club's official website it had two choices: "The construction of a new stadium on the land on Diagonal, property which belongs to the University of Barcelona, or a profound remodelling project that would constitute a new stadium keeping the current structure of the Camp Nou.
"Both would have a capacity of 105,000 spectators, the stadium would be covered, there will be a construction of a new Palau with a capacity of 12,000 spectators, an adjacent court with a capacity of 2,000 spectators, 6,000 new parking spots and access to the Ciutat Esportiva of the Miniestadi.
Lionel Messi could be playing at a new stadium with Barcelona soon "We've made advances, we have all the information and we're in a position to make a decision."
Despite the sizeable financial outlay that would be involved, Freixa insisted any project would not harm the club, adding: "It needs to be viable from a technical perspective, urbanist and economic. We would never submit a project that would endanger the sustainability of the club."
The Nou Camp is already the largest ground in Europe with a capacity of 99,354.
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