Barcelona to accelerate £1.3bn renovation work on newly rebranded Spotify Camp Nou with plans to take advantage of World Cup break
- Barcelona are set to leave their iconic Nou Camp for the 2023-24 campaign
- The Spanish giants will play their football at the nearby Olympic Stadium
- They will return to the Nou Camp in the 2024-25 season at a reduced capacity
- The renovation process will cost the Catalan club no more than £1.2billion
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Barcelona have announced that they will accelerate the remodeling work on the Spotify Camp Nou to take advantage of the break in the Liga schedule for the World Cup in Qatar.
The 2022 World Cup will take place between November 21 and December 18, allowing Barcelona to get some of their demolition work out of the way.
The actions will consist of the demolition of the outer ring, the cantilever roof that protrudes from the façade of the South Goal and half of the third tier of the same South Goal zone.
The club announced last month that they will leave their historic ground and play the 2023-2024 campaign at the Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, a short hop across the city.
Reports in Spain indicate the move to the stadium – also known as Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys or ‘Montjuic’ will cost the cash-strapped club around £17million, before they return to the Nou Camp – set to upgrade from 99,354 seats to 105,000.
The renovation will include a roof being added and the stadium’s name being changed to the ‘Spotify Camp Nou’ in a giant £237m sponsorship deal with the music streaming giants.
Xavi’s side will play there around works in the upcoming 2022-23 season, before their temporary exit and a return at reduced half capacity in 2024-25. The club expect the works to give them an extra £160m per season once complete.
Club president Joan Laporta confirmed the plans – part of the ‘Espai Barca’ project – were agreed with the Barcelona city council.
Barcelona have confirmed they will leave the Nou Camp (pictured) for the 2023-24 season
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