Since centuries ago, sports match has been regarded as a glorious event which is full with determination. Because of that, the place where the match takes place has to be gigantic in order to resemble the spirit of the players and the spectators. Today, popular sports like football still keep this tradition and every country has always been competing against each other to build bigger football stadiums to be able to contain more people. The Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, is undoubtedly one of the biggest football stadiums that ever existed. Currently capable of seating 99,354 people, it is the second largest one in the world and the largest in Spain and Europe. Click here to see more about this in detail.
Originally, Camp Nou cannot be regarded as a new stadium, since it was established in September 24, 1957. Designed by FrancescMitjans and JosepSoteras, Camp Nou’s construction process took three years to finish and cost 288 million pesetas at that time. The idea of building it began from Barcelona’s need to have a bigger stadium since its previous biggest stadium, Camp de Les Corts, could not be expanded anymore due to lack of space. The stadium underwent an expansion in 1980 to prepare for the 1982 FIFA World Cup and two renovations in 1995 and 2008.
Since the beginning, Camp Nou has been the home of FC Barcelona and the Catalan national football team. Apart from being used as the arena of the football club’s home matches, the stadium was used to accommodate the 1982 World Cup, where the event’s opening was also held. After the World Cup, other prestigious football tournaments which took place in the Camp Nou are the 1989 and 1999 UEFA Champions League final matches and the football matches of Summer Olympics in 1992.