FC Barcelona has kicked off construction work at the club’s new training centre – the Johan Cruyff Stadium – in the city.
The stadium, named after club legend Cruyff, will be the home of Barça B, the Barça Women’s team and the Under-19 team for Youth League matches.
It will also be where the academy players of the squad will wrap up their training as they dream of making the leap to the Camp Nou.
Espai Barça Commissioner Jordi Moix said:
It is a special moment. The Johan Cruyff Stadium will have a capacity of 6,000 and will cost €12 million. It will be inaugurated in 14 months. We would have liked it to be quicker but building a stadium is a long and laborious process. The Stadium is an example of the work we have put in in the last few years.
The centerpiece is set to be a brand-new, 6,000 seat football stadium designed by the architecture firm Batlle i Roig, and will have a fully covered seating area.
The shape will be asymmetric with a two-level grandstand. There will be 1,000 seats in the second level of the main grandstand and 5,000 seats on the entire, 360-degree lower level. The corners will be rounded to bring the fans as close to the action, and the players, as possible.
The design was inspired by El Camp de la Indústria, the ground that was FC Barcelona’s home in the early part of the 20th century, before the Club moved to Les Corts and, later, to Camp Nou.
Access to the seating bowl will be from the top level, giving fans a bird’s eye view from the moment they enter, continuing as they circulate throughout the stadium.
The Club’s traditional Blaugrana colours predominate the seating bowl and the main architectural elements.
Located in Sant Joan Despí, a Barcelona suburb just minutes from Camp Nou, Johan Cruyff Stadium will be seamlessly nestled within its surroundings and easily accessible by ramp in each of the stadium’s four corners. There will also be parking for 700 cars.
Its construction is being undertaken according to established criteria for sustainability, energy efficiency, and accessibility, with 62 seats throughout the stadium for fans with wheelchairs and their companions.
The stadium, which will replace the current Miniestadi (which is, in turn, being replaced by the Nou Palau Blaugrana) will be highly visible from the expressway and will be a major sight for those entering Barcelona from the west via Avinguda Diagonal.
Just over eight kilometers from Camp Nou, Johan Cruyff Stadium will have mass transit connections with Barcelona and towns in the Baix Llobregat area, and via the B-23 expressway.