A place for joy and suffering, Camp Nou is Futbol Club Barcelona's stadium. Whenever there is a match, the normally quiet neighbourhood fills up with fans who live football. It goes so much further than sport. Considered to be one of the most impressive pitches in Europe, Camp Nou has become another tourist attraction and its museum is now the third most visited in Spain.
The Camp Nou stadium is one of the biggest in Europe and a world famous venue. It currently holds up to 99,354 spectators, and the recent successes of the team, the equip blaugrana, have made it so admired throughout the world that the stadium has become one of the main places to visit in Barcelona.
Its name, meaning "new pitch", comes from the fact that before this stadium was inaugurated in 1957, Barça played on the old pitch in Les Corts, which was much smaller and simpler. The need to build this new stadium principally came about in the 1950s with the massive popularisation of football in Spain and the arrival of Ladislao Kubala at the club in 1951.
Much more than a football club
Inside theCamp Nou facilities are the official headquarters of Futbol Club Barcelona, the administrative offices and the Museu del FC Barcelona, the club's museum, which is the most visited in Catalonia. Additionally, Camp Nou is the main building in a complex which houses other facilities, such as the smaller stadium, the Mini Estadi, the Masia, the residence were the club's youngest footballers were raised, and the Palau Blaugrana, a sports hall where the club's basketball, handball, roller hockey and indoor football teams train and play.
The Camp Nou stadium is one of the city's icons, a place to enjoy football and live the emotions of this most passionate of sports.
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