Barcelona’s imposing Camp Nou amphitheatre, opened in 1957, is one of the largest sports stadiums in the world.
Designed by architects Francesc Mitjans Miro and Josep Soteras Mauri, the Camp Nou, which translates to new ground, was a significant upgrade on Barcelona’s old Les Corts ground that could house only 48,000 spectators.
Originally intended to be named as the Estadi del FC Barcelona, the ‘Camp Nou’ name became more popular, and Barcelona adopted it as the official name of their home ground in 2000-01.
With a capacity to seat 99,354 spectators, the Camp Nou is Europe’s largest sporting arena and is one of a few football stadiums across the continent to fulfill UEFA’s stringent Category 4 stadium regulations with regards to facilities, services and capacity.
Barcelona’s Camp Nou has hosted some of the most memorable games in the history of the club and also hosted the opening ceremony of the 1982 FIFA World Cup and the first game of that competition.