I think Nou Camp stadium is much more entertaining if you go to see an actual game. Although for you true football fans I suppose you might enjoy a tour of the stadium. I didn't see a Barca game but rather two different exposition games, Brazil vs. Catalunya, and another time Argentina vs, Catalunya, I just bought tickets at the stadium before the game, however to see a Barca game it would be more difficult to buy the tickets at the door. You should go on the website to buy tickets. Once inside the stadium is pretty typical, it's really the energy of the crowd and the game which makes a trip to Nou stadium worthwhile! One tip, outside the stadium before a game there are a lot of tables selling merchandise for the teams playing, I don't know if the quality is that great but it seemed pretty reasonably priced compared to the real jerseys etc.
Soccer (European football) is, without any doubt, the most important sport in Spain and in Barcelona, so it's natural to visit the spectacular Camp Nou Stadium and the Museum of 1 of the greatest European soccer teams of all times, Barça.
Here you can see many trophies exposed and the football memorabilia, visit the small art gallery and the pitch itself...
Mon-Sat: 10:00 -18:30
Sun and holidays:10:00 - 14:00
closed on 1 Jan, 6 Jan, 24 Sept and 25 Dec.
Ticket price: €17 (July 2009)
Camp Nou (or Nou Camp) is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. The stadium was built in 1957 (officially opened at the 24th of september). The stadium once had a capacity of 120.000 people, but due to safety regulations, this had been brought back to 98.260. Camp Nou is catalan for New Stadium. It has a very large pitch with 105x72 meters.
FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 as always has been a symbol of Catalan nationalism. Espacially in the time when Franco leaded the country. The hate towards the Spanish Madrid was enormous. This has never faded away.
The club anthem of FC Barcelona:
The whole stadium is one scream,
We are the red-blues (la gente blaugrana)
Wherever we come from,
From north or south
We agree on one thing,
This flag makes us brothers,
Red and blue in the wind,
One brave scream that whole the world knows:
Barca, Barca, Barca
If there is a footballmatch while you are in the city, be sure not to miss it! FC Barcelona were playing against Alaves so of course we had to go. Especially fun for two norwegians to see another norwegian, Dan Eggen, playing on the field for Alaves.
This is a huge stadium! It's the biggest in Spain, even bigger than the one in Madrid. When you come from a country where the biggest footballstadium holds only 25.000 people, you get really blown away by this one that houses more than 120.000 people!
It was built in 1956, and renovated in 1980 and 1994. There is also a museum here where you can learn more about the history and the team.
My husband wanted to go here so we booked our tickets online for €10 and got the metro to Collblanc and then ask someone in the street for directions. It was very easy to find but a 20 minute walk to get to the right entrance number (9).
There is a big shop with loads of souvenirs and a cafe.
The tour was unguided which was good as you just went round on your own through a mapped out route and could take pictures and take your time. The Museum is at the end and had loads of old antique fusball tables and memorabilia as well as history and trophies.
If you are a football fan you'l enjoy it as the stadium is huge but other than that there is nothing much in the area so we just got the metro back to the city centre.
I went to Barcelona to visit my little brother that I hadn't seen in two months, but apart from that the thing I was mostly looking forward to was the fact that I finally would be able to see a game at stadio Nou Camp.
I had seen Barcelona plenty of times before, in Sweden, in Italy and in Spain, but never on homeground.
The stadium is Europe's biggest, taking around 98 000 spectators (exactly 98 934 actually) and is quite something special!
I went there to see the Champions League-game between Barcelona and Panathinaikos (Greece). Great stadium, great amount of spectators (around 60 000) and a fantastic game.
Barcelona won 5-0, but still the atmosphere was crap. Definately the worst I've ever heard/seen at a game this big. The only one singing a bit was the Greek away supporters, but when Barcelona early on did 2-0 also they stopped singing.
Apart from that there were only a few chants of "Barca Barca Barca" from the Barcelona faithtful. Embarassing...
But the evening was magic anyway, and it's definately something everyone who have even the slightest interest in football should visit!
Around the stadium you can find a lot of different souvenirs for sale, but they are both fake and expensive. Three-four double the price from what is for sale in Italy before the games..
Something we didn't have the time to do, but I still can recommend, is a visit to the stadium on a day when there isn't a game. Then you can visit the FC Barcelona museum, with all their silverware and also old souvenirs and memories from the past. It's also possible to take a tour, and going into the stadium through the player tunnel. You can't stand on the grass though, and neither take part in the Barcelona-training... ;)
Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona is one of the few FIFA 5 star rated stadium. It is also one of the biggest (if not the biggest?) football stadiums in Europe. With capacity of close to 100,000 spectators it is a truly magnificent sight.
Within the complex there are several things to do: visit the museum, do a tour of the stadium and facilities itself and shop at the fanshop.
The stadium and museum is open daily; museum open from 10am to 10pm on Monday-Saturday while on Sunday it's open until 3pm.
Keep in mind that the stadium tour is not available on big matchday (like when they play home in the European Champions League).
Entry to museum cost Eur 7.5 for adults and the tour & museum cost Eur 11.5 for adults.
Visit the Nou Camp! If there is only one place you see in Barcelona, make this it. The stadium is quite simply the stuff dreams are made of. The largest stadium in Europe, it can hold around 100,000 people. When you stand on the top tier you can bearly see the pitch, let alone any players! If you can, get a ticket to a match, if not you can take a tour of the ground. Either is good!
As a football fan the Nou Camp was high on my list of things to do. It is a self tour of the stadium so you can take as long as you like. You get to go into the dressing room, press box and through the tunnel onto the touchline but not the pitch. you also get to go and sit in the stand on various tiers so you get different views of the pitch. Well worth the €11 entrance and the walk from the metro station.
Very nice: When you enter the Nou Camp Stadium via the walking-bridge, you will see the evolution of the clothes thoughout the years. Beginning with the very first uniform, of 1899, you will see the last uniform at the end of the bridge. A big difference, I can tell!
Whether or not you are a football fan, go see Camp Nou (the site is wrong, it's not Nou Camp). It is huge, and the taxi driver will take you, all you have to say is "Camp Nou."
I saw all of the Gaudi Architecture , but this was definitly the highlight of my trip.
The Nou Camp is massive! Another must see!
Its not just the size of this stadium that makes it so impressive, but also the amount of sporting facilities around it. From training complex's to stadiums for Barcelona's other sports.
The Nou Camp itself is stunning from the outside. The amount of seating within is quite unbeliveable. It is not the cleanest of stadiums inside,with a lot of Graffitti and litter.
However it does house a huge Museum showing off all of Barcelona FC's trophies and all the other Barcelona club trophies such as basketball. There is a scaled model of the stadium which has been created with extraordinary detail, and a complete history of the club, the players and the stadium itself.
The Museum is also home to the Olympic torch used to open the Barcelona Olympics in 1992!
The only downside i guess, is the amount of stalls on the streets outside trying to sell fake Barcelona FC merchandise.
Other than that, if you don't go to see it, you have missed an awesome site!
The atmosphere at Barcelona games, as at most games in Spain, is very family-minded. There are no big groups of supporters singing, and there is a fairly mix of men, women and children at the games.
Problem with Barcelona-games is to find a ticket. Almost all of the tickets are sold out in advance to seasonticket-holder, and many of these supporters/idiots only go to the big games against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol, Valencia and a few more. That's why Nou Camp can be only half full at a game against Celta Vigo, when all the tickets still are sold out...
Quite good possibilities to buy tickets on the black market outside the stadium though. And, to be honest, FC Barcelona has done something about this problem lately, and if you're in town some time before the matchday you will probably be able to buy a ticket at the clubshop at the stadium.
This is not the case for the big games though!
For my visit at the stadium my brother told me there never have been any visitations before entry at Nou Camp, which for me came as a good surprise, since I'm used to the italian system where you will be checked everytime you even get close to the stadium. No matter if you're there only to visit your grandmother who lives two blocks away...
We passed the first entrance, and was about to take the stairs up to our posts, when a guard suddently stopped me and demanded that I underwent a visitation and showed what I had in my small bag....!?
Yes, got a bit surprised, but still it's quite fun to be the only one ever getting searched at Nou Camp! :)
Oh, and just remember... Tickets in Spain in general, and in Barcelona in particular, are expensive. REALLY expensive. To see a game against a low ranked team at Nou Camp I pay the double that I pay for Milan-Juventus at San Siro in Milano...
I couldn't leave Barcelona without seeing the fabulous Nou Camp Stadium (In fact the stadium has no name).
For roughly 10 euros I was given a guided tour in English of the changing rooms, the tunnel and its chapel, the managers dug-outs, the trophy room and museum.
To see the stadium empty was excellent, I can't imagine what the atmosphere would be like against Real Madrid or in the epic Champions League Final 99 when Man United beat Bayern Munich in the last minute. (sorry Bayern fans)!
Camp Nou is home to one of the world's most famous football clubs, Barcelona. The stadium is the largest in Europe with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. It is the only stadium to have been awarded five stars by UEFA. The Stadium tour gives access to the pitchside, player dugout, director's box, commentry box, dressing rooms (bit dissapointing to be honest), press room and club mueseum.
Anyone interested in football must go to Camp Nou before it is remodelled (starting next year I think)