Francesc Mitjans and Josep Soteras designed the building, with the assistance of Lorenzo Garcia-Barbon. Finally, the Camp Nou was dedicated on September 24, 1957, the feast of La Merce. A somber liturgy presided over by the archbishop, who greeted the finished stadium, was followed by Handel's Messiah's Hallelujah. The audience stood and sang along with them.
The Camp Nou has been praised for its design and architecture. It has been called "one of Europe's most beautiful stadiums" and "the jewel in Barcelona's crown".
The Camp Nou has been criticized for being too expensive and not useful for football. It has also been accused of changing the character of the city by replacing busy markets with a large stadium. However, others have argued that these criticisms are unfair because the Camp Nou is more than just a stadium; it is also a cultural center, a venue for concerts, and a place where sports other than football can be played.
In addition to being the home stadium of FC Barca, the Camp Nou has hosted many major international matches including five games of the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship. It has also been the venue for some FIFA World Cups including two games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Camp Nou has a capacity of 99,828 people and is the largest stadium in Catalonia and Spain. It is still used as a concert hall and for other events such as trade shows and exhibitions.
Cardinal Gregorio Modrego, Archbishop of Barcelona, granted his permission to this structure. Camp Nou was built during a three-year period. The stadium opened for the first time on September 24, 1957. Camp Nou's construction cost more than the budget allowed. The total cost of construction was 288 million pesetas.
FC Barcelona revealed the design of the new Camp Nou during a press conference on Thursday, a proposal led by Nikken Sekkei (Japan) and Joan Pascual I Ramon Ausio Arquitectes (Barcelona), who won the worldwide competition in early March.
FC Barcelona revealed the design of the new Camp Nou during a press conference on Thursday, a proposal led by Nikken Sekkei (Japan) and Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausio Arquitectes (Barcelona), who won the worldwide competition in early March.
Camp Nou construction began on March 28th, 1954, since Barcelona's old stadium, Camp de Les Corts, had no capacity for expansion. Although it was intended to be called the Estadi del FC Barcelona, the more familiar moniker Camp Nou was used.
Camp Nou construction began on March 28th, 1954, since Barcelona's old stadium, Camp de Les Corts, had no capacity for expansion. Although it was intended to be called the Estadi del FC Barcelona, the more familiar moniker Camp Nou was used. The original estimate for the project was $1.5 million, but it ended up costing $7.5 million.
Barcelona's old stadium, Camp de Les Corts, could not accommodate larger crowds so the club decided to build a new one. They hired Spanish architect Josep Lluís Sert to design the stadium and gave him free rein to organize it as he saw fit. He designed two tiers of seating with an uncovered main stand and a covered standing area behind one of the goals. The stadium opened its doors in 1957 and immediately started making money for the club. By 1960, Barca had sold 1.5 million tickets and made a total of €750,000 (about $1.5 million today).
In 2009, Camp Nou recorded its most important event yet when Barack Obama came to town to face off against Cristiano Ronaldo in an international soccer match. The US president traveled to Barcelona to watch Spain take on Portugal in the final of the UEFA European Football Championship. The game took place before a crowd of 75,000 at Camp Nou on June 10th. President Obama became only the second American leader to visit Catalonia.
By the late 1940s, burgeoning football force FC Barcelona had outgrown the Camp de Les Corts and required a new stadium to accommodate all of the additional supporters brought in by star striker Ladislao Kubala. Camp Nou ('New Camp') is suitably titled. On March 28th, 1954, the city broke ground on this UEFA five-star stadium.
The proposal to refurbish the La Liga winners' stadium was won by a combined offer from Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei and a Catalan studio. The Nou Camp has a capacity of 99,354 people and is Europe's largest stadium. The reconstruction will also include a roof that will encircle the whole stadium, covering all of the seats.
Vazquez enlisted the help of fellow architect and painter Rafael Mijares Alcerreca, and the two set out to scout stadiums around Europe. Wembley, San Siro, Camp Nou, and the Santiago Bernabeu have all been investigated. Work on the Azteca was supposed to start in 1961, but Vazquez hit a snag-literally. The project was halted for several years due to financial difficulties. When work resumed in 1964, Mijares took over design duties.
The duo had planned to use wood as the main material for the stadium's construction, but costs prevented this. Instead, they used cement and steel beams inside and outside the structure.
The stadium has been called many things over the years, including "the world's largest concrete structure", but it is most commonly known as El Azteca. The name means "the little green one" in Spanish.
El Azteca opened its doors in September 1971. That year, Mexico played Argentina in a match that is still referred to as the "Wembley of the Americas". The final score was 3-3. Argentina went on to win the World Cup that year.
Mexico has won the North American Championship five times (1971, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1990) and the Central American Championship four times (1962, 1970, 1973, 1991). The last time they lost was in 2009 when they were defeated by Brazil in the final of the South American Championship.
A procession of several thousand people marched from Camp de Les Corts to La Masia de Can Planes, where the first stone was laid in the presence of Miro-Sans, the leader of the Civil Government of Barcelona, and Gregory Modrego, the archbishop of Barcelona. The two men then returned to Les Corts for more speeches before the crowd moved on to Camp Nou.
Upon arriving at Camp Nou, everyone took their seats in the stadium's main hall. After some opening remarks, President Pujol walked up to the podium to make his speech. He thanked the crowd for coming and said that they had been invited "so that we can look each other in the eye and talk about things." He went on to say that he hoped his visit would help put an end to the violence and anarchy that had plagued Catalonia for so long. Finally, he announced a national referendum on Catalan independence would be held on November 9, 2017. If voters approved the proposal, it would lead to a new autonomous community being created from the southern half of Spain.
The president ended his speech by asking everyone present at Camp Nou to raise their hands if they were in favor of Catalonia becoming an independent country. As soon as the president had finished speaking, fireworks went off in the sky above Camp Nou and music began playing. This was meant to signal the beginning of the construction process at the new stadium.
Foster, Norman Miro Mitjans and Francesc Mitjans Soteras, Josep Mauri Barbon, Lorenzo Garcia Architects Giulio Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which has been used as the home ground of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. The stadium is named after former club president J. H. Nouveau-Citrus, who died during construction.
Nou Camp was designed by English architect Sir William Holford. The stadium cost €750,000 to build and it took three years to complete. It has been described as "the most beautiful football stadium in the world".
The record attendance at a game at the Nou Camp is held by Barça's rival Real Madrid, who welcomed 100,000 fans for an El Clásico match on November 15, 2009. This record has since been beaten several times by Barcelona fans attending games against other clubs.
Barcelona have played their home matches at the Nou Camp since 1899, with the exception of two seasons: 1908–09 and 1939–40. During those two periods the club played their games away from home due to the effects of the Spanish Civil War and the German invasion of Catalonia, respectively.