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The list of requirements published for the tender stipulated that the new stadium should guarantee the best possible conditions for the enjoyment of football matches. 100% of the stadium terraces were to be covered, with excellent views from every seat and a number of measures were to be respected with regard to comfort for all users.
The main characteristics of the new Camp Nou will be:
- All seats will be covered and protected from adverse weather conditions (wind, sun and rain). The new roof must measure more than 47,000 m2.
- In the new stadium, all seats must have a perfect view of the pitch, with the first tier being made steeper. The whole stadium, as well as the new screens and video scoreboards, should be visible from all seats.
- The video scoreboards will use the latest high resolution digital technology with LED type systems.
- The second tier shall be maintained but with improved accessibility and comfort.
- The third tier shall be completed to reach the same height as the current lateral zone. Gates, comfort and services shall be improved.
- The capacity shall be increased to provide seating for 105,000 spectators.
- Spaces between seats to be improved and all seats to be replaced (more comfortable and ergonomic designs).
- Each tier shall be provided with carefully distributed places for persons with reduced mobility and other disabilities.
- The aisles shall be widened and free from vertical connection hubs, thus making these spaces more comfortable for supporters.
- The existing stairways to be adapted to current standards and to be better distributed.
- Increase in capacity to be used to provide seats to persons on the season ticket waiting list and to provide the adapted seating that is currently lacking.
- Draft project to include criteria regarding energy saving and environmental sustainability in order to obtain the required quality certificates.
- In order to generate the utmost safety regarding visiting supporters, and to minimise possible disturbance caused to other season ticket holders and spectators, the terraces shall be divided into sections, with separate entrances and passageways inside the stadium, as well as specific zones and services, being designated to these supporters.
- Catering and hospitality areas to be improved in all areas of the new Camp Nou.
- The Espai Barça foresees construction of an underground parking lot, thus freeing up a large public area that shall be accessible and open to the neighbourhood, located between the Camp Nou and the new Palau Blaugrana.
Work on the new Camp Nou is scheduled to start in the 2017/18 season and to end in the 2021/22 season.
The Espai Barça
The FC Barcelona members voiced their unanimous approval of the new Espai Barça project to transform all of the Club’s sports facilities, including the Camp Nou, Palau Blaugrana and Miniestadi, at a referendum held on 4 April 2014, where 72.36% of voters gave the green light to the remodelling and reconstruction of the FC Barcelona premises on this site.
The New Palau Blaugrana
Last January 29, the Espai Barça jury unanimously selected the bid by HOK + TAC Arquitectes as the winner of the tender for the design of the new Palau Blaugrana. The event to officially present the new Palau Blaugrana project was held last March 1. Work on the new Palau Blaugrana is scheduled to start in the 2017/18 season and end in the 2019/20 season.
The new Palau Blaugrana facility will be located on the current site of the Miniestadi, right next to the new Camp Nou station on Metro Line 9, and will consist of four separately functioning spaces. There will be a huge new multi-purpose Palau that will hold 12,000 spectators for sports events and 12,500 spectators for cultural and social events. There will also be an auxiliary arena for 2,000 spectators and a complementary ice rink (800 spectators). In addition, there will be a new FCBEscola facility, including brand new buildings and two football pitches.
The New Miniestadi
The Batlle i Roig Arquitectes studio won the tender for the new Miniestadi, which concluded last May and will be built at the Ciutat Esportiva training ground for a cost of 12 million euros. Batlle i Roig had previously been involved in the design of the Ciutat Esportiva itself, and its new Miniestadi has been adapted to the bidding requirements. It will be able to hold 6,000 spectators, will meet the UEFA category III standards and shall have covered terraces and parking for 600 vehicles. It will operate separately from the rest of the Ciutat Esportiva and is due to be opened in June 2017.
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