October 20, 2018 / 11:26 AM / a month ago

Barcelona reveal plans for 'Espai Barca' project

FILE PHOTO: FC Barcelona's logo is seen while President Josep Maria Bartomeu attends a news conference to assess the season 2015/16 in Barcelona, Spain, June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - FC Barcelona have revealed what the construction process of their ambitious ‘Espai Barca’ project will look like with a video simulation showing the club’s plans to revamp and expand their Nou Camp stadium and renovate its other installations.

The video shows how the Nou Camp’s capacity will be raised from 99,000 spectators to 105,000 and the installation of a roof covering the whole arena. Currently three sides of the stadium are exposed to the elements.

Building work on the stadium will take place in the post-season over three years, beginning in 2019, so that the team can continue to play at the ground without disruption.

Work on the new stadium is set to be completed by the 2023/24 season, with the club stating it will cost 360 million euros ($414.47 million).

The club has already begun work on a new stadium for its youth and reserve teams, which is to be named after Dutch great Johan Cruyff and will be at the site of its training ground.

‘Espai Barca’ will also see the construction of a new arena for the club’s basketball team and green spaces around the Nou Camp.

(This refiled version of the story corrects end date of project to 2023/24).

Reporting by Richard Martin

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