The Camp Nou is the temple and pitch for the main team of FC Barcelona since September 1957.
The new stadium replaced the previous one in Les Corts which, even if it could accommodate up to 48,000 people after several enlargements, was deemed too small in the end, after the surge in popularity of the club by the end of the 1940s.
In April 2001, the name Camp Nou (“New Field”) was made official after a general survey was conducted via mail among the members of the club. Out of 29,102 answers, 19,861 (that’s 68.25%) were favourable to the name Camp Nou, instead of Estadi del FC Barcelona.
The Stadium has a maximum height of 49.67 metres, and an area of 58,760 square metres (260 metres long and 226 metres wide). Following the UEFA rules, the pitch is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide.
With a capacity of 99,354 people, it is the biggest stadium in Europe today. Its capacity, however, has varied with time. It was 99,053 in 1957, up to 115,000 in 1982, by the time the World Cup took place. Afterwards, with the enforcement of the new rules, that forbade the standing spectator places, the capacity was again shrunk by the late 1990s, back to the 99,000 figures.
During the 1998/1999 season, the UEFA granted the Camp Nou the Five-Star category. In 2010, with the new rules in place, this category’s name was changed to Category 4, which corresponds to venues meeting the highest requirements as far as performance, features, services and capacity are concerned, such as the FC Stadium.