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The first piece of Espai Barça and the future crown jewel of the Ciutat Esportiva, FC Barcelona’s expansive training center located not far from Camp Nou in Sant Joan Despí, is one step closer to reality.
The centerpiece is set to be a brand-new, 6,000 seat football stadium to be named after Johan Cruyff, the Blaugrana legend who was the main driving force behind the Club’s style of play and its youth academy-based approach.
The stadium was designed by the architecture firm Batlle i Roig, and will have a fully covered seating area. The shape will be asymmetric with a bi-level grandstand. There will be 1,000 seats in the second level of the main grandstand and 5,000 seats on the entire, 360-degree lower level. The corners will be rounded to bring the fans as close to the action, and the players, as possible.
The design was inspired by El Camp de la Indústria, the ground that was FC Barcelona’s home in the early part of the 20th century, before the Club moved to Les Corts and, later, to Camp Nou.
Access to the seating bowl will be from the top level, giving fans a bird’s eye view from the moment they enter, continuing as they circulate throughout the stadium. The Club’s traditional Blaugrana colors predominate the seating bowl and the main architectural elements.
Located in Sant Joan Despí, a Barcelona suburb just minutes from Camp Nou, Johan Cruyff Stadium will be seamlessly nestled within its surroundings and easily accessible by ramp in each of the stadium’s four corners. There will also be parking for 700 cars.
Its construction is being undertaken according to established criteria for sustainability, energy efficiency, and accessibility, with 62 seats throughout the stadium for fans with wheelchairs and their companions.
The stadium, which will replace the current Miniestadi (which is, in turn, being replaced by the Nou Palau Blaugrana) will be highly visible from the expressway and will be a major sight for those entering Barcelona from the west via Avinguda Diagonal.
Just over eight kilometers from Camp Nou, Johan Cruyff Stadium will have mass transit connections with Barcelona and towns in the Baix Llobregat area, and via the B-23 expressway.
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