Apart from hosting football matches, the Camp Nou stadium is also open to visitors wanting to tour the facilities and visit the Camp Nou Museum, which houses trophies, photos, football strips and some of the contracts of football players signed to the club in the past. Guided tours of the grounds take in the dressing rooms, stands and pitch.
Barcelona FC’s members and fans say that Barça is more than just a club, and in many respects they might be right. More than 100 years old, the club not only provides a mark of identity for many Barcelona residents and Catalans: it has also become a beacon of good football worldwide, totting up numerous big wins in national and international football in recent years.
The Camp Nou stadium founded in 1899 in Barcelona, home to the football club that bears the city’s name, is one of the places most visited by tourists, rivalling the Picasso Museum and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Visitors can tour the grounds and the museum, and, if they’re lucky, see a good match too. Football is the club’s main sport, but it does host others, including basketball, handball and ice hockey.
The Camp Nou stadium is in the Corts neighbourhood, and has a museum and vast store selling souvenirs and official merchandise. The museum first opened its doors in 1984 with the aim of displaying the club’s history since its creation in 1899. The 3,500 m2 floor space showcases a large collection of cups and trophies awarded to the various Barcelona Football Club squads over its more than 100 years of history, as well as identity cards, sports kits, photos, contracts for past players and two audiovisual features explaining the history of the club and the atmosphere that envelops the city on match days. But the museum also houses other objects, such as a fun display of table football tables, an interesting collection of old posters and some art works donated by renowned Catalan artists.
The guided tour takes in the dressing rooms, players’ tunnel, president’s box, stands and pitch. The museum occasionally holds temporary exhibitions.