Barcelona’s game against Mallorca yesterday was the club’s last match at Camp Nou before it goes up for renovation for the next year so, owing to the ambitious Espai Barça project.
Earlier today, Barcelona officially started the new construction by laying the first stone. Club president Joan Laporta was present at the event and talked about Camp Nou’s legacy and its place in Barça’s 123-year-long history.
“These 123 years of Barça history could be defined in many ways, one is as itinerant, from the Les Corts field to the inauguration of this Camp Nou in 1957,” said Laporta.
The Barcelona president had evoked nostalgia earlier this month by mentioning the legacy of Camp Nou. Continuing his veneration, he added,
“It was our temple and our fort, which is why we want it to continue to be here, in our neighbourhood, Les Corts, since 1923, and in our city, Barcelona. It is a collective dream and a legacy for our children and grandchildren.”
Laporta went on to talk about the Espai Barça project as well, comparing it to the Olympic games in 1992, which were held in Barcelona.
“The renovation of the Spotify Camp Nou is the most important work in the city since the Olympic Games,” he said.
The Spotify Camp Nou will be under renovation throughout the upcoming 2023/24 campaign, which will force Barcelona to play at the 55,000-capacity Montjuic Stadium next season.
“We have to start the construction process. We will return and make it stronger. And we will do it to celebrate our 125th anniversary at the end of 2024,” Laporta added.
“It will be the best stadium in the world at the height of the best club in the world that is FC Barcelona. This stadium is already past, full of memories, feelings, and great football afternoons, but Spotify Camp Nou is the future,” the Barça president concluded.