Name change for Barcelona’s historic Camp Nou stadium
The Camp Nou has been home to Barcelona for the last 60 years and last month the club celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Camp Nou.
Barcelona have made the stadium a fortress and any visiting team trembles playing in front of the 99,354 cheering fans.
However, Sport reports that there’s a big change coming to the stadium as its name would soon be change.
The new name is not yet known but the club have turned to sponsors to buy the naming rights of the stadium.
Such naming rights would fetch Barcelona extra funds ahead of the commencement of work on the new stadium in the summer of 2019.
Such deals are already in place with some of the big clubs in Europe’s top leagues.
The club has mandated Van Wagner to search for a suitable offer that can bring in more than 200 million euros.
But so far, no deal is expected to be reached this year as the club are looking at reaching a deal in 2018.
Here are some memorable moments of the Camp Nou.
1. More than 90,000 fans turned out for the very first game at the unfinished stadium on 24 September 1957.
2. One of the memorable moments of the Camp Nou was when the ‘Dream Team’ won four consecutive League titles from 1990 to 1994.
3. Among the many farewells the stadium has witnessed are the departures of legends like Kubala, Guardiola and Xavi Hernandez.
4. In June 1982, it hosted the opening event of the World Cup.
5. Messi made his Camp Nou debut on 1 May 2005 at the Camp Nou against Albacete, scoring his first of many goals.
6. And the stadium also witness Messi’s Maradonaesque run against Getafe in the Copa del Rey back in 2007.