Camp Nou - Travel Guide
The Camp Nou as some of you may know is home to Barcelona FC. Their stadium is the current biggest football stadium in the world, holding 100,000 people at full capacity. The stadium was built in 1957, which makes it older than others I have been to. For example the Emirates (Arsenal's Stadium), the Bernabeu (Real Madrid's Stadium) and the Mestalla (Valencia's Stadium). But of course none of these have a capacity of 100,000 like the Camp Nou. I can imagine the atmosphere is insane on match day! Post in the comments if you have seen a match here, I would love to hear about it.
The stadium tour is great and takes you through all sections of the stadium. The changing rooms, the physio room, the press boxes and even a prayer room. My favourite part personally was the trophy room because it shows just how successful Barcelona have been over the years and what great players they have had.
As you get towards the end of the tour there is also a whole section devoted to Lionel Messi, quite possibly the best player who has ever lived. But in my opinion Ronaldo is better... This section on Messi will tell you all about how he became who he is today. I learnt that he had growing problems as a child and had to take drugs in order to develop physically. There is also much more about his first goal, his first appearances and of course maybe his greatest achievement, his five Ballon d'Or awards.
The pitch was impeccably maintained as you can imagine to suit Barcelona's perfect passing play which they have always managed to keep throughout the years. But it was really at its peak with the silky midfield of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets in their prime.
Being at pitch level felt very different to being in the seating area of the stadium. This was because you could see how steep the seats were and how tall it was. The sheer size was unlike any other stadium I had been in, it was amazing. Imagine being a player walking out and seeing all of those seats full of chanting fans.
Tickets are €25.00 for an adult and €20.00 for a child. I felt this was a fair price because as an arena it was incredible, the pitch, the tunnel and the capacity of the stadium was like no other I have seen before. But don't expect it to be state of the art with lots of modern features, because it just isn't.
You can book seats online for a specific date and time, or if you are a bit more spontaneous, tickets can be bought on the gate fairly easily with not much of a queue.
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