FC Barcelona signs stadium restructure works deal with Limak
FC Barcelona has signed an agreement with Limak Holding, the Turkish conglomerate with interests in construction, energy, cement, and tourism, for the construction of the Spotify Camp Nou Stadium.
In a statement, the Turkey-based company will be taking charge of the restructuring works, which are set to begin next June, following the completion of the football season. The club’s board of directors ratified the decision on January 9, 2023, and the official signing of the agreement was conducted this week by Joan Laporta, President of FC Barcelona, and Nihat Özdemir, President of Limak Holdings, together with Haldun Fırat Köktürk, a member of the Limak Yatırım board.
Laporta was also joined by members of the Club's Board of Directors. The signing ceremony was attended by the Turkish Ambassador in Spain, Burak Akçapar, and the Turkish Consul in Barcelona, Selen Evcit.
Limak's President was also joined by Chair of Limak Holding, Ebru Özdemir, and Vice-President of Limak Holding, Serdar Bacaksız.
This agreement now confirms the adjudication of a project that will play a key role in shaping the club's future. Once completed, the renovation will increase the Camp Nou’s capacity to 105,000 spectators. Work is expected to be completed by November 2024, to coincide with the month of FC Barcelona’s 125th anniversary.
"The new stadium will be the jewel in the crown of Espai Barça. It will transform and modernise one of the most important sports facilities in Catalonia for the first time since the 1992 Olympic Games. The new Spotify Camp Nou is the legacy we will leave to future generations of Barcelona fans,” said Joan Laporta, president of FC Barcelona.
"The construction of the new stadium entails a great professional responsibility for both parties, which we assume with the maximum guarantees of success until the month of November 2024, coinciding with Barça's 125th anniversary,” he added.
The current maximum height of the stadium is 48 metres, while it covers a surface area of 55,000 square metres (250 metres long and 220 metres wide). The stadium capacity is 99,354, which makes it the largest in Europe.
"The signing marks a new chapter for the Club and for Limak. We cherish the great responsibility of upgrading Spotify Camp Nou. It is not only important to FC Barcelona and its fans, but also to the city of Barcelona and Catalonia.
“Following a competitive tender process, this project shows that we can broaden Limak's vision and horizons. This incredible project motivates us to complete a facility that all people of Barcelona will be able to feel proud of,” concluded Nihat Özdemir.