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Barcelona’s Estadi Johan Cruyff to open

The official opening of FC Barcelona’s Estadi Johan Cruyff will take place on August 27.

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.

There will be numerous activities on opening day that will culminate with a youth match between Barcelona and Ajax, the two clubs Cruyff had a huge impact on.

In addition, the day before a statue of Cruyff will be unveiled outside the Camp Nou.

FC Barcelona began construction work at the club’s new training centre in September 2017. The centrepiece is the brand-new, 6,000 seat football stadium designed by the architecture firm Batlle i Roig.

The stadium has a fully covered seating area and a two-level grandstand. There are 1,000 seats in the second level of the main grandstand and 5,000 seats on the entire, 360-degree lower level. The corners are 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 is also be parking for 700 cars.

The stadium, which replaces the current Miniestadi (which is, in turn, being replaced by the Nou Palau Blaugrana) is highly visible from the expressway and will be a major sight for those entering Barcelona from the west via Avinguda Diagonal.

Image courtesy of FC Barcelona