?Barcelona have confirmed that the newly built Johan Cruyff Stadium will open on August 27, setting the wheels in motion for their ‘Espai Barça’ project.
The La Liga champions are undergoing a major facelift across a number of different areas, including expanding the Camp Nou to over 100,000 fans as well as building a new sporting venue and developing the overall Barça campus.
The first part of their ‘Espai Barça’ project is the construction of the Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will replace their Miniestadi as the club’s home of Under-19 and women’s football.
With work on the ground first starting in 2017, it’s now officially set to be opened when Barcelona host Ajax’s Under-19 side on August 27.
The Johan Cruyff Stadium is a Catagory 3 ground which means it qualifies to host UEFA Youth League and women’s Champions League matches.
With a capacity of 6,000, the Johan Cruyff Stadium is located less than 10km away from the Camp Nou and it will replace the Miniestadi, which is set to be demolished shortly after construction is completed.
Also part of their ‘Espai Barça’ project, Barcelona have a €360m budget with their plans to give the Camp Nou a facelift. On top of their plans to increase the overall capacity by 6,000, the ground will also include a new roof and some new internal services too.
It’s planed that works on the Camp Nou will go on until the 2021/22 season.