The club’s first online poll in Barcelona’s history was attended by 48,623 club members on Sunday, or about 44.2 percent of the total. 87.8 percent of “socios” voted in favor of the reconstruction of Camp Nou and its surroundings. “I’m excited, it will be a huge step in our lives,” said satisfied club president Joan Laporta.
The renovation of the stadium should be financed by the investment bank Goldman Sachs, which already agreed in August to lend the club 595 million euros to restructure its debts. One of the most famous clubs in the world, which has recently been struggling with a sports and financial crisis, has total debts of 1.35 billion euros, of which 673 million belong to banks.
The priority of construction modifications of the area will be the renovation of Camp Nou, which should be completed by 2025. The capacity of the already largest stadium in Europe should increase from the current 99 to 105 thousand.
The “Espai Barca” project will also include the modification of the club infrastructure, including the Palau Blaugrana offices and hall, which no longer meets the requirements for European basketball competitions. The new hall should be completed in 2026, the club headquarters and the hotel a year later.