Barcelona today confirmed their plans to upgrade the Nou Camp in an incredibly ambitious project that will see the capacity increased to 105,000.
To celebrate the announcement, the La Liga outfit have released several artist impressions of what the ground will look like when work is completed in 2021.
Needless to say, it looks stunning and is certainly a stadium fit for the champions of Europe. You can enjoy the images below.
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Japanese architectural company Nikken Sekkei were announced as the winner's of the design competition, in which several different proposals were considered. Nikken Sekkei will work alongside Catalan architects Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes.
In total, 45 different bids were submitted to a board made up of Barcelona members, local architects and City of Barcelona officials. 26 were for the Nou Camp and 19 for a new Palau, a historic music venue in the city.
- The capacity will be increased from 99,354 to 105,000, increasing its lead as Europe's biggest stadium
- The upgrade is likely to cost Barcelona £500m, some of which will be recouped by selling the naming rights, similar to Arsenal's Emirates
- Barcelona confirmed that a public presentation with more images will be held in the coming weeks
- Work is likely to begin next year with a view to having work completed by the 2021/22 season
- An entire roof will be built to make sure all seats are under cover, keeping fans covered from all that rain Barcelona get
- FC Barcelona will not have to move out of Camp Nou while work is in progress next season
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A statement released on Barcelona's website read: "The Nikken Sekkei + Pascual i Ausio Arquitectes proposal stands out for being open, elegant, serene, timeless Mediterranean and democratic.
"It is also notable for its relationship with the environment, providing depth, creating shadows and making members the stars of the facade and of the open area at all times.
"The proposal presents a very subtle attempt to intervene in the environment to facilitate circulation and achieve diverse urban usage in the Barca Campus and guarantees a clear and safe construction.
"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."