The Camp Nou stadium, home to Spanish champion Barcelona, is getting an upgrade and the club has released images of the new design. Work is due to completed in the 2021/22 season. "The proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless, Mediterranean and democratic," a club statement said.
Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei will work alongside Catalan studio Pascual i Ausió Arquitectes on the project, which will increase the Camp Nou capacity to 105,000. The club stipulated that every seat should have a "perfect" view of the pitch, and be sheltered from the elements.
Barcelona's star player, Argentina striker Lionel Messi, has scored 307 goals for Barcelona. He'll be 33 by the time the stadium is completed. Will he still be turning out in blue and red by then?
The club statement went on: "In short, it is a unique solution, reproducing the characteristic vision of the grandstand and canopy, from the inside out, a silent and powerful tribute to the stadium built by Francesc Mitjans in 1957."
Mitjans worked on the original design with Josep Soteras Mauri and Lorenzo García Barbón.
The original stadium cost 288 million Spanish pesetas which left the club in debt for years after. Its current capacity is 99,354.
The stadium has witnessed many a celebratory occasion, none more so than last season when the club won the treble, clinching the Spanish league title, the Spanish Cup and the European Champions League. This season Barca is eight points clear in La Liga already.
The Camp Nou has a chapel next to the dressing rooms. Former manager Bobby Robson