There is a lot to look forward to on Sunday 8 August when both the men and women take on Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou.
And the best news of all is that for the first time since the pandemic caused stadiums to empty 17 months ago, there will be fans inside the ground. Since Barça hosted Real Sociedad on 7 March 2020, all games at the Camp Nou have been played behind closed doors.
The local health authorities have given the go-ahead for 20% occupancy for the preseason game (which works out at 19,869 spectators). To guarantee social distancing, the ground will be divided into eight blocks with their own entrances, catering and restrooms. Nobody will be able to move from one zone to another thus limiting contact and crowding.
Tickets are on sale from Friday 23 July at 4.00pm CEST via the official club website. Barça members get a 30% discount.
And there is something else very special about the event this year because there will not be one game but two to enjoy. The women’s team are playing at 6.00pm and the men at 9.30pm, and both games can be watched back-to-back for no additional charge.
Men and women together for first time
This will only be the second time that a women’s match has been played in the Camp Nou. The first time was way back on Christmas Day 1970, the fiftieth anniversary of which was celebrated in style last January 6 when the women’s team played Espanyol in the stadium, and won 5-0. Unfortunately, no fans were allowed inside the ground that day because of Covid-19 restrictions, so this year’s Gamper will be a very different matter entirely for the treble winning team.
In between the two games there will be an official presentation of both the women’s and men’s squads for the 2021/22 season, the first time the two teams have been honoured at the same event.