On Saturday afternoon, the Camp Nou set a new attendance record for rugby.
With 26,241 people, the match between the Catalans Dragons and the Wigan Warriors broke the Super League record set by Wigan Warriors in a match played in 2005, which brought together just over 25,000.
This amount of spectators far exceed the maximum allowed at the Perpignan team's stadium, Gilbert Brutus, too; 11,856. The Dragons have visited Barcelona once before. It was in 2009 in a match between Perpignan and Warrington Wolves played at the Olympic Stadium with more than 18,000 people watching (12-24).
The Dragons were dominant for the most part, with Wigan only having clear chances during the first ten minutes of the game. The first try didn't arrive until the 22nd minute, when Micky Mcllorum made it 8-0 on the scoreboard. It seemed that the score would remain the same until half-time, however, Liam Marshall brought it back to 8-6 by the break.
Things changed completely in the second half, with the Dragons scoring four tries as well as a penalty and a drop goal. As for Wigan, they could only manage two late consolation tries of their own. In the end, it was a routine victory for Catalans Dragons by 33-16, and a milestone for a sport that continues to grow.
FC Barcelona's First Vice President, Jordi Cardoner, the manager responsible for the Amateur Sports of FC Barcelona, Oriol Tomás, and member of the Board of Directors, Jordi Calsamiglia, were all in attendance. All of them accompanied Bernat Guasch, Catalans Dragons president, and Ian Lenagan, Wigan Warriors president. The President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Quim Torra, was also present.
Several representatives of Barça Rugby were at the match, including the first-team coach, Sergi Guerrero, and the two captains of the first team, Bautista Guemes and Omar Minin. It should be remembered that Barça recently played the final of the Copa del Rey after 34 years.