Barcelona’s £1.3billion Nou Camp renovation will include retractable roof

Barcelona are set to press ahead with their £1.3billion renovation of the Nou Camp, with members of the La Liga giants having approved the plans.

Despite the hefty £1.19billion debt the club are in, they will proceed with the works that will see an ice rink and retractable roof installed, with 42,693 club members backing the stadium overhaul via an online vote.

There were, some initial concerns from supporters about the plan, meaning president Joan Laporta called a vote.

The project, called 'Espai Barca', will be funded by a third-party loan and is expected to be finished in 2025, meaning that the stadium will be closed during the 2022-23 campaign.

The plans, if executed, will increase the capacity to 105,000-seats, while the intention is for the Nou Camp to be at the forefront of stadium technology with its features.

The current state of the arena was called into question: it was reported that ovens were banned from being turned on inside, as per its poor condition.

The dilapidated state of the Nou Camp has also forced the club to fund regular repairs – and there’s been pay fines for not complying with European regulations.

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The renovation will see a retractable roof, all of which will be covered with 30,000 square metres of solar panels that will power a 360-degree screen around the inside of the stadium.

Another green feature is having rainwater to be collected and recycled. Inside will include new offices, event spaces, an ice rink, a hotel and the 'Palau Blaugrana' – an area for the eponymously-named basketball team.

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On the pitch matters at Barcelona are pretty dire, even with the appointment of club legend Xavi as manager.

Barca sit seventh in the La Liga table at Christmas, with 27 points.

The side were also eliminated from the Champions League group stages for the first time in almost 20 years, meaning they will be competing in the Europa League next year. Their round of 32 game will be against Napoli.

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