A 600m euro ($827m) project to renovate Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has been given the green light by the club’s members after a referendum on Saturday, which delivered more than 72% of the votes in favour of the project.
“More than two thirds of the members have voted ‘yes’ to the project of a new stadium and I want to thank all the members who have exercised their right to vote,” said Club President, Josep Maria Bartomeu. He continued: “We have proposed this project thinking about the future and the next-generation of Barcelona fans.”
The plans for the new stadium and surrounding areas include putting a roof on Europe’s largest football stadium and increasing its capacity from 99,000 to 105,000. In addition to building a new multi-purpose indoor arena, a new stadium for the Barca B team, as well as office and parking facilities.
Part of the funding for the project will come from a stadium naming rights title right that will see a commercial sponsor’s name added to ‘Camp Nou’.
The Club insist that supporters will be able to enjoy a significantly more comfortable matchday experience than is possible in the nearly 60-year-old stadium and they are no doubt hoping that a drastic improvement to their hospitality services will create even greater income for the world’s second richest club.