Why are Barcelona not playing at the Camp Nou next season?

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Why are Barcelona not playing at the Camp Nou next season?

For the first time since they moved there in 1957, FC Barcelona will not play at the Camp Nou in the 2023-24 season.

Barcelona are leaving the Camp Nou for a season due to renovations taking place from 2023 to 2026. In the 2023-24 season, they will play all of their home matches at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.

The Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys opened in 1929 and was the main stadium in the 1992 Olympics. It was also the home of RCD Espanyol from 1997 to 2009. It is located 7km (just over four miles) from the Camp Nou and has a capacity around 50,00, roughly half that of the Camp Nou. So Barcelona will have to make due with smaller crowds and less revenue during this season.


A model of the FC Barcelona's new Camp Nou, complete with a retractable roof.

The planned renovations for Barcelona’s Camp Nou include a retractable roof, seen here in a model of the updated stadium.

The renovation project has a 1.3 billion Euro budget and includes the addition of a roof and an increased capacity from 99,354 to 105,000. The ground will also be renamed to the Spotify Camp Nou as part of their recent sponsorship deal with the music streaming giant.

Barcelona are anticipated to return to the Camp Nou after the 2023-24 season, and will play there during the remaining renovations. While they will play in the Camp Nou for the 2024-25 season, they will only have 50% capacity due to the ongoing renovations. Renovations are scheduled to be completed in the last half of 2025 with the Spotify Camp Nou ready for full use in 2026.

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