Category: Football

Our pilgrimage coincides with upgrading plans for Camp Nou

Barcelona is an awesome city – and football fans the world over are drawn to Camp Nou, the city’s famous stadium.

Join our pilgrimage:

We were fortunate that our visit to Europe biggest stadium came as plans were being announced for a dramatic upgrading designed to create a futuristic and exciting facility.

See how the camp will look after the work, which is scheduled to start in 2018:

Expected to cost €420 million, the new Camp Nou will have covered seating for 105,000 spectators and a new, steeper first tier to improve the view of the action.

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As well as the hallowed turf that has hosted numerous senior international matches, the stadium currently includes a memorabilia shop; training pitches; a chapel; and the FC Barcelona Museum, which is said to receive more than 1.2 million visitors a year.

During our visit, we were in awe at the FC Barcelona trophy-room, which contains shelf after shelf of silverware – every trophy, or a replica of every trophy that the club has ever won.

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Naming rights sponsorship for the new stadium is expected to bring in €200 million for the Barcelona club – which will cover a third of the cost of the renovation.

She’ll write anywhere

Sue takes a pretty attractive photograph – on either side of the camera lens.

But, lets face it, she’s not the writer in our team … unless there’s alcohol or football involved.

For example, Sue’s passion for football meant she didn’t hesitate when her favourite club, Newcastle United Jets, once invited her to sign a ‘Supporter’s Wall’.

Quick as a Lionel Messi strike, she penned a message of support for the team’s efforts in Australia’s A-League.DSCN0427

And, of course, there was that memorable incident in a New York City bar, when Sue was asked to add her signature to an autograph wall.

Celebrities!  Next, she want her own TV show.