A New Camp Nou

A New Camp Nou

The Espai Barça jury unanimously selects proposal from Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes team
12:21PM Thursday 07 Jun


The architects speak

The marquee by Francesc Mitjans, Josep Soteras and Lorenzo García Barbón inspired the façade of the New Camp Nou. The marquee disappears inside the stadium and reappears on the street side, inside out, forming the outer eaves, which then become the ceilings of the concourses, services and terraces, creating an open façade to the esplanade.

The New Camp Nou will be singular and unique, for it will be different, innovative and with a strong personality.




The Japanese Nikken Sekkei company has been around for over 100 years and is one of Asia’s leading architectural and engineering studios. This company designed the Saitama Super Arena, the Big Swan Stadium in Niigata and the Tokyo Dome, all in Japan. This team is working with the Catalan studio headed by Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausió, who have a long and proven history of experience in Barcelona involving residential buildings, office blocks and hotels, such as Hotel Diagonal Zero.

The New Camp Nou’s characteristics



Nou Camp Nou
Nou Camp Nou


The new stadium will be open and covered, comfortable and accessible and will adapted to people's needs and to the modern age

We take a look at the key components of the winning proposal:

  • Recover excellence with a stadium for approximately 105,000 spectators with modern comforts and services
  • Open façade consisting of three open concourses protected by pitched eaves
  • The New Camp Nou is seamlessly integrated in the Espai Barça Campus
  • Maintains a level access to the street all around the stadium
  • 12 vertical circulation cores with stairs, escalators and lifts, with access to the second and third tiers
  • A spacious sky deck over-looking the seating bowl and the City
  • An integrated and open space for the city
  • A sustainable stadium, smart and green, harvesting water and energy from the sun.

It will be a stadium adapted to modern times and people.


  • Eaves create three concourse rings to accommodate food and beverage with spectacular views, forming an open façade where members and fans will be the protagonists.
  • Mediterranean light will filter through the roof and open façade. Spectators will be protected from wind and rain by adequate glass partitions placed in strategic positions.


  • The stadium’s perimeter will have a 360 degree, large atrium located at street level with entrances to the first tier
  • Ease of perimeter access using 12 vertical circulation cores consisting of stairs, escalators and lifts, and closed by a glass façade on the ground level
  • Efficient, easy and barrier free concourses on all levels.


  • The New Camp Nou will expand its capacity to approximately 105,000 spectators with all seats being covered.
  • The roof will protect us from the rain and direct sunlight, and will provide visual comfort and improve the interior acoustics
  • The new roof will have a surface area of more than 47.000m2.
  • The roof structure will be constructed with steel cables, and cladded with ETFE, PTFE and polycarbonate.
  • It will collect rainwater to water the pitch and energy from the sun to power the grow lights
  • The roof will include the latest technology in scoreboards, pitch lighting, speakers and WiFi access points
  • The roof will minimize noise impact on the neighborhood


  • More and better distribution of food and beverage concessions, merchandising and all services in general.
  • Designated family areas in the third tier
  • Smart stadium with digital tickets, wireless payment systems, intelligent turnstiles and expanded WiFi and mobile coverage.


  • New wheelchair and companion seating positions spread throughout the stands in good locations
  • 100% accessible stadium
  • Improved services and wayfinding for seeing and hearing impaired spectators
  • New elevators and escalators for improved vertical circulation to each seating tier
  • New toilet facilities and concessions for all spectators


Espai Barça will be constructed with a transversal, global sustainability strategy for all of the Club’s facilities in Les Corts (New Camp Nou, New Palau Blaugrana, and Campus Barça) and the Training Facility in Sant Joan Despi (New Miniestadi).



How will it affect members and season ticket holders?

The games will still be played at Camp Nou, the waiting list for season ticket holders will be reduced and the new seats will be more comfortable amongst other benefits


  • Improvements will be carried out while continuing to hold matches. Members will not have to go to another stadium.
  • The increased capacity will allow many members on the waiting list to become season ticket holders.
  • Opportunity for members (relatives and/or friends) to group together in one location.
  • New seats with improved comfort.
  • Safer accessibility and mobility to the stands with wider and more accessible vomitories and aisles.


A nou camp nou
A nou camp nou



  • There will be changes in the allocation of seats. In 18 months, the Club will make a proposal in accordance with the new design of the stands.
  • Main changes:
  • Fewer seats in the first tier, but with better visibility of the pitch and the stadium.
  • The third tier will have more seats.
  • The required increase of the aisle’s clear width will affect the capacity for each seating block.
  • The capacity of each stand will be optimized in order to incorporate improvements.

Is the re-location process of season ticket holders from their current seat in Camp Nou to the New Camp Nou.

FCB’s Social Department has started reviewing the migration process, advised by an expert in stadium migration.

Priorities: Simplicity, ease and customization with a clear, fair and transparent process

This process will be guided by 5 defined values:

  • Detailed and periodic communication
  • Personalized assistance at the OAB to choose a new location, taking into account:
  • Prices, features and services nearby.
  • Location and view of the pitch from the seat, with 3D simulations
  • Access route to the seat
  • Mobility options from the seat
  • Family grouping and the needs for reduced mobility will be prioritized
  • Members can re-locate to group seats with other members or relocate to opt for different prices and/or services
  • When the migration process for the existing season ticket holders is concluded, members from the waiting list will select their seat from the remaining inventory.

A New Camp Nou integrated into the city

The Espai Barça is an open and integrated space in the Les Corts neighbourhood of the city with less barriers and more accessibility

The New Camp Nou will be amply spaced without vehicles. We take a look at the principal characteristics of integrating the stadium into the neighbourhood and the city:

  • The Espai Barça Campus is an open and integrated quality space in the District of Les Corts and Barcelona, wide, tree-lined, with street furniture, bike lanes, etc.
  • Fences and barriers are minimized to the extent that security concept is respected.
  • No walls between the street sidewalks and Espai Barça Campus making it more permeable.
  • The 3,500 underground parking garage affords a large esplanade where there will be the Museum, la FCBotiga Megastore, the Fundation and other complementary guest services and the Campus.


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