Barcelona consider building brand new 105,000-capacity stadium

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Barcelona will consider leaving their iconic Nou Camp stadium unless they are able to expand its capacity to 105,000.

The club confirmed a decision over the stadium's future will be made in January, following a report into the viability of both redevelopment of the Nou Camp and the building of a new venue.

In a statement on the Barcelona website, Board spokesman Toni Freixa confirmed that plans have been drawn up to build a new covered stadium opposite the Nou Camp.

He said: "The construction of a new stadium on the land on Diagonal, property which belongs to the University of Barcelona, or a profound remodelling project that would constitute a new stadium keeping the current structure of the Camp Nou.

"Both would have a capacity of 105,000 spectators, the stadium would be covered, there will be a construction of a new Palau with a capacity of 12,000 spectators, an adjacent court with a capacity of 2,000 spectators, 6,000 new parking spots and access to the Ciutat Esportiva of the Miniestadi.

"We've made advances, we have all the information and we're in a position to make a decision."

A new stadium of such a size would make it the joint-largest football stadium in the world alongside the Estadio Azteca, which hosts the Mexican national team's games.

The Nou Camp is already the largest of its kind in Europe, and Freixa insisted that any new venture would be commercially and economically viable.

"It needs to be viable from a technical perspective, urbanist and economic," he explained.

"We would never submit a project that would endanger the sustainability of the club."

The Nou Camp has hosted Barcelona games since it was opened in 1957, and has since been expanded and renovated to its current capacity of 99,354.

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