Check this one off the "bucket list".
Barça soccer match? CHECK!
Appearance by Lio Messi? CHECK!
Goal by Lio Messi? CHECK!
I've died and gone to heaven.
After having a few days in Barcelona at the tail end of a ski trip, it became imperative that I see a match, no matter who the opponent was. To my surprise, when I asked the hotel where I was staying about the best way to go about and get tickets, the gentleman told me that he could buy tickets for me using a service directed at hotels in the area. He went over the different options, and as a local gave me some guidance on which seats to purchase, and I made my purchase.
Fast forward 24 hours, and we take the Metro to Camp Nou and it is a short walk downhill (uphill on the way back of course). As the print out told me, I proceeded to the ticket window and picked up the tickets. SO EASY!
We arrived about 90 minutes before the start of the match and there was a beautiful festival atmosphere and a parade of energetic fans donning their best blue and red. The sourvenirs were mostly geared towards men, lots of scarves, shirts, and hats. I picked up a baseball hat outside the gates and went on my merry way. Once the gates opened, people made their way inside the stadium. I was glad to have arrived early as the stadium started filling in within 15 minutes of the start.
I was not super hungry, but did end up getting a tomato and cheese sandwich. Most of the food options were not my preference, but it seemed like there was a little bit of everything. Parents: they do not sell alcoholic beer inside the stadium, so I wouldn't be afraid about bringing kids.
Overall, I was pleased with my experience. I was happy with my seats. I enjoyed the atmosphere which is Camp Nou and was happy to have seen Messi (he does not disappoint)! If you are a sports fan, this should be included in your visit (provided the team's schedule allows). Otherwise, friends said that the tour was awesome as well.
Love the museum inside too.
The tour is nice.
Excellent stadium. A must see. Didn't do the museum or tour, just watched FCB curb stomp another team. 4 stars because they don't serve alcohol :(
While in barcelona we had to catch a futbol game right? Right! Although I don't really care for soccer it seemed inappropriate to leave without going to a game. We got there late since we underestimated how long it would take via metro.
We got to the game about 20 minutes in. Since Barca was playing Mallorca we knew the game was going to be pretty one sided - and given that it wasn't a good team as the opposition I assumed the seats would be half empty. Boy was I wrong. The stadium was nearly full! And although it was one sided I don't think anyone cared.
Overall a great experience. Expensive, but fun. Tickets were about 80 euro /person.
What an experience!
Actually went to a Barça match here (took my 61 year old Mom) and we had a fantastic time!
Get tickets from the club online directly, season ticket holders can "free" their tickets within 72 hours of a match so keep checking back if you can't find the seats you want. Website is HORRIBLE but once you actually select your seats and get it to take your credit card, printing the tickets at home or at your hotel couldn't be easier.
Seats on both sides of the pitch are the same except the Grandstand side is under cover. If it's not raining save yourself 30-50% and get tickets on the Lateral side ... I'd venture to say that between the goals there really isn't a bad seat in the house at Camp Nou, even though it holds almost 100k people!
Metro to the game is easy, however it gets quite backed up after. There aren't a lot of places to eat/drink in the neighborhood around the stadium but if you walk around a bit you can find a place to stop off for a bocadillo and a caña while you let the crowd on the metro die down a bit.
The hubby made us go here. Great football stadium, lovely museum, however, given that I know very little about FCB, I am sure I did not appreciate it as much as I should have...
Match days are crazy
Must for any football fan!
¡Més que un club...ole!
Camp Nou - seems almost as much of a must-sight-see excursion as the Sagrada Familia. That might sound crazy, but c'mon: we're in Europe, and it's futbol!
I took my guy here for his birthday because of course he wanted to watch a local (and very awesome) sports team play. It was a very brisk late November evening, and it was cold up in those cheap seats. That could not dampen the spirit of the FCB supporters at all. We kept cheering on our boys. (Yes, you begin to think FCB is your team when you are there.)
FCB was playing a minor game while we were there. Still, the local fans were pretty respectful of the opposing team's fans. I didn't see any rudeness going on. Lots of folks were able to sneak in all kinds of cameras and food. Perhaps for some of the smaller games, security is not as discerning. However, they do have all kinds of rules about what you are and are not allowed to bring into the stadium.
Camp Nou is a wonderful stadium, too! It is designed to optimize pedestrian traffic and get you to your seating area pretty quickly. It's not like baseball stadiums of the US where you might snake back and forth egregiously before getting to your seat.
Most of all, I was happy to see that most of the US sports rallying cheers were pretty much used here. (A common language perhaps?) You do that Saturday Night clapping and yell "Barca!" (soft C) at the end. (I thought at first they were saying "Wassup?")
The stadium seating is pretty narrow and steep. You'll find yourself standing up each time to let someone by because your knees will just about touch the seating in front of you when you sit. Be advised!
All-in-all you'll have a good time, so go enjoy a game!
How did I forget to Yelp about the great Camp Nou??
Came here to watch Barça(Barça! Barça! Sing it with me now!) play Real Bettis.
As an American, I have experienced nothing close to what a futbol match is like. A regular FCB match in January has about the same (or maybe more) gusto than the playoffs (in any sport, in ANY SPORT!). See? I'm getting all excited just thinking about the many chants, the crowd going crazy, and 11 months later I am finally realizing why they did not serve alcohol there...
Home of Barcelona FC.
Huge stadium where the tour is actually pretty good.
You get to go inside/behind the scenes, peer into the changing rooms, lift up a trophy and check out the various displays.
You even get to sit in a nice box with comfy seats to take in the enormity of the stadium.
Definitely worth touring if you know anything about football (real football) and care about sport!
First time to a football match!! The environment and energy generated was truly electric. Fyi saw the match against Atletico Madrid, Barca won in aggregate.
Love this stadium and FC Barcelona!
The Barça museum is the most visited museum in all of Spain and for a reason. It's huge, with all the trophies and a glimpse inside at the field, you can't beat the experience... well unless you can actually get on the pitch. THAT would be awesome.
It's a bit of a hike from the nearest metro station so be prepared to walk.
Camp Nou is the Stadium home of FC Barcelona or Barça. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture, hence the motto "Més que un club" (More than a club). The official Barça anthem is the "Cant del Barça". Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate FC Barcelona. It is the world's second richest football club in terms of revenue. They also own a professional basketball team (who beat the Lakers last year) and operate an ice rink. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico".
On our last full day in Barcelona, Gayle and I got to pick a marque tourist attraction that we would spend some quality time. Her choice was Basílica de la Sagrada Família and mine was Camp Nou. In hindsight, she made the better choice (as Gaudi's Church is AMAZING), but I'm not complaining at all about the Camp Nou Experience.
I'll also be the first to admit that I don't always "get" soccer and maybe in the same way that my British Friends don't understand Baseball. For them, I'll point to Game 6 of the recently completed 2011 World Series, and for me it's the 2011 Women's Soccer Semi-Final between Brazil and the USA. Back in the present, I was in Barcelona, so why not see for myself what all this World Champion excitement was all about? I also happened to catch the Barça/Seville Match on the Television the night before and definitely felt the love.
Gayle (bless her heart) was very patient with me on this one and at 22 Euros each, such soccer greatness wasn't cheap. However, me and hundreds of others saw it all, including:
- Posing for pictures in front of Trophies.
- Standing amazed at a large room with nothing but trophies.
- Experiencing Game Highlights in their Interactive Media Center.
- Visiting the Locker and Press Rooms.
- Seeing the Pitch up close at Field Level.
- Feeling Humbled and Impressed By the Player's Chapel.
- Sitting in the Seats at Various Stadium Levels.
- Running Through the Tunnel to the "Cheers" of the Fans
And when the Tour was over, you emerged right into the Team Store. The only thing I was missing at that point were 99 Euros for a Messi jersey and a boxed DVD set of Footballers' Wives.
As a die hard Manchester United fan, FC Barcelona has certainly subjected me to a fair share of heartbreak in the past [ahem 2011 Champions League Final. grrrr] so needless to say, I am not at all a fan of this team. However, there is no denying that they are one of the greatest football clubs in the world, so if you're a football fan then you are obligated to make a pilgrimage to Camp Nou. And if there is a match scheduled during your visit then you should do everything within your power to attend.
And so, I coughed over 60euros to watch Barca spank Mallorca 5 - 0.
My seat was on the 4th level  which was just one level shy of high fiving Jesus. I was in the nosebleeds but the stadium is more steep than it is wide, so I get the feeling that there isn't a bad seat in the house. I thoroughly enjoyed my view of the field. The entire experience was thrilling and worth every penny.
- Getting there: Metro L3 [green line] to Les Corts or Palau Reial
- Camp Nou is about a 10-15 min walk from the metro. No map necessary to find stadium, just follow the masses!
- Only nonalcoholic beverages served -- that includes nonalcoholic beer.
- Trains to and from Camp Nou on game day are packed sardine style, so be prepared to get a little intimate with your fellow football lovers!
- Purchased my ticket online at: ticketmaster.es. Ticket must then be picked up at one of the many locations listed on your purchase confirmation print out.
-Tickets can also be purchased in Barcelona as well. See website for details. fcbarcelona.com/info-tic…
As the largest futbol stadium in Europe, it is impressive! It holds 100,000 lucky fans that get to watch Barca play.
The Camp Nou Experience is where you get to learn all the history behind FCB. There is trophy room, a history/fact area, and a few green screen photo opportunities. You are also able to view the locker room, showers and press room. Then of course, you can sit in the stands, view the field from the Presidential and walk on the field (well, at least the sidelines).
It's a steep price to experience all this, but well worth it. Loved it!
First of all, I love soccer~! If you are not a soccer fan or a sports fan... maybe you might not find this museum too interesting but for soccer fans, its a see and feel tour of a centry-old Barça club history.
It first guides you through a series of their trophies and guide you through their history along with the history of football. The trip through the facilities passes through the grandstand, which offers the best view of the playing field, the press room and mixed zone where the reporters interview players after the game. They also guide us through the dressing rooms (which I am not so sure if its a real dressing room because it looked rather empty and "set up"), the tunnel that leads onto the pitch with the same atmosphere the players experience, the playing field, and the press gallery with 15 foreign broadcasts.
22euros was a bit pricey... but I enjoyed every moment!
Vizca Barça!!! Més que un club! No one can deny that Barca is unstoppable right now!
If you are a Barca fan, you have to visit the legendary Camp Nou at least once. The stadium is old but it's massive! It's bigger than San Siro! Although it's pricey (19 euros), I highly recommend the Barca Museum tour! You will learn about the history of the club and you'll have the chance to see all the memorabilias and trophies of Barça, the locker room, shower room, the press conference room, the pitch, etc.
1)I got to see all three trophies of the Tripleta - La Liga, La Copa (del Rey), and La Champions too.
2) Signed jersey of Messi
3) Signed jersey of Maradona
4) Signed jersey of Cruyff
5) Signed jersey of Stoikovic
6) Joan Miro's original artwork dedicated to Barca
7) The locker room. I touched Messi's locker!!
8) The Pitch. WOW. It was such an overwhelming experience just to be able to stand on the pitch where my favorite players like Messi, Xavi, Villa, Puyol, and Iniesta play!
9) The chapel. Yeah that's right, there's even a little chapel inside the stadium for the players to pray before the game, which I found quite hysterical. People say that football is a religion in Europe and they are darn right. They really take football more seriously than Catholicism for sure!
Prepare to spend about 3 hrs. This is not for everybody, only for the dedicated fans. Don't skip Sagrada Familia for Camp Nou tour!
P.S.- To all the Barça fans: if you've never seen Crackovia on TV3 (Catalan station), you need to see it on youtube!!! Soooooo hysterical!!!
BARCA! BARCA! BAAAAAAAAARRRCCCAAAAA!!!!
The crowd at an FC Barcelona game makes Camp Nou a living, breathing vessel, full of 100,000 souls. The night I was there, Barcelona whipped Levante, 5-0, and the crowd was there until the very end, cheerin' them on, even though by the 2nd goal it was pretty obvious that there was a rapin' going on. True fans like this are what make soccer as exciting as it is.
Just so you know, if you want Barca gear to show your support, better get it outside since they don't sell it inside the stadium.
The cathedral of football, especially since 2006! Whether you love this beautiful game and appreciate all of the intricate details about technical skill and tactics, or whether you are semi-interested in football and are considering whether or not to pay for the price of admission, let me just tell you: a trip to Barcelona is incomplete without a visit to the Camp Nou. Sit back and take in the sights, from the beautiful structure that is the stadium, to the different generations of Catalans all around you waving their flags and showing appreciation for their world class players. While your watching the game, notice that at the 17th minute of the first and second halves the crowd will suddenly start chanting. Note that this is a chant for "independence", so peaceful that you dont even notice it is unrelated to the game at hand, but instead in regards to the current affairs in Spain and Catalunya, and in keeping with tradition with the history of the club, of being "Mes Que in Club" (more than a club). Notice the slogan inscribed on the second level, another symbol that is associated with the club's expression of their political view. I noticed at the 21st minute you'll hear another timed chant, but not sure what this one was about. These two chants are in addition to the scattered chants and support you will hear throughout the game. While watching and hearing the Chants and celebrations, be sure to appreciate that this current team will, in the near and distant future, be considered one of the best teams EVER, having won every single competition they participated in in 2008-2009. While having similar although not identical success from 2009-2012, the 2012-2013 team of this season consists of the main key players, with an array of talented reinforcements to fill in for those few who have moved on to different clubs. The main/key players being Xavier, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, Busquets, Puyol, Piqué (shakira's boyfriend), Alves, Adriano, Valdez.( one of my favorites David Villa is one of the best strikers in the world, but rumors of a falling out with Messi and the fact that he is being played as a winger rather than a forward might be cause for him to be sold to another club soon)
To sum up, go check out a game, or at the minimum check out the museum. Very peaceful experience, no violence or rowdiness so I would highly recommend bringing kids or other family members.
Now I must be honest, this visit was my childrens idea. It is enormous. One of the largest or the largest ground in Europe. A great place to visit with the museum underneath the grounds itself, and an inceskating rink although we did not visit this. As for the tour it was little disappointing as we had to see ourselves round, following a yellow tape. The graound are spectacular. Unless like me your terrified of heights....dont go to the top.wow its scary.
You cant go to Barcelona and not visit. Another tip the players actually train at the entrance to the grounds and you can get as close as a metre from them,.,,,,,,for kids this is impressive.
I went here when I was 13, on a school trip to Barcelona.
There is a museum dedicate to the history of the football club, a chance to go out into the stadium, a huge shop and even a photo op to get a digitally mastered picture so it looks like you're posing with two of the footballers.
Personally this didn't appeal much to me as i'm not really into football but football fantatics, tourists will be sure to find appeal in this location.
The shop is good fun though.
Whether you are going to see a game or just to visit the amazing stadium for a viewing the nou camp or the camp nou as the spannish call it is an amzing place to see.
I have been three times now, once I saw the first team train then took in a kids game, once I just toured the stadium and visited the trophy room and got to run out onto the pitch and once I was lucky enough to watch Barcelona play Villareal in a league game.
All three occassions took my breath away and I would strongly urge anyone visiting this amazing city to visit this equally amazing stadium.
This really is fascinating, but pretty expensive too
This stop is a must for all football lovers: the place where players such as Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona and Ronaldinho have made history. Since Has Gamper founded the club in 1899, it has gone way beyond a mere passion for football, and become a true social phenomenon. The trophy cases of the Barcelona FC Museum showcase the impressive list of achievements of one ot the world's most successful clubs. If you sign up for a guided tour, you can discover all the secrets of the Camp Nou stadium: the dressing rooms, the director's box, the pitch,... The FC Botiga Megastore covers a surface area of over 2,000 m2 and sells all the official FC Barcelona merchandise. (Museum is closed on match days!)
Not sure the family quite appreciated the trip here but I certainly did. Still impressive to us Brits despite a series of modernisation within our own stadiums, the place is huge.
A look up from the pitch to the highest seats is worth the admission price alone. Shame I couldn't have gone to a game here, but bad timing and with kids in tow not really an option this time.
Had a quick look around the museum which is well set out, but this is really a trips you do without the family I'm afraid (unless each and every member is an avid football fan).
Fantastic football stadium home to barcelona Fc.
The stadium is just huge and has a capacity of around 98,000 people. There is a tour of the ground avaliable which is quite cheap and includes the dressing rooms, media area, tunnel leading to the pitch and then the dugout and commentary areas right at the top of the stadium.
At the end of the tour there is a gift shop with the usuall souvneirs and also the trophy room housing barcelona's many championship wins. Also there is a massive nike shop selling replica shirts of many teams (whose strip is made by nike) and sells balls and anything souveneir/football related.
On the day i was visiting i was lucky enough to spot a crowd emerging so i went over to look what was happening. I was delighted to see Samuel Eto'o drive into the underground car park in his sports car followed by Puyol and many other stars.
This is great stadium with great tour, great shop, and a possible chance to see some stars or just have pictures with their cardboard cut outs pitchside.
Excellent stadium and the museum / tour is brilliant. There's a real "wow" factor when you come out onto the pitch and absorb the size of the place.
Just ensure you check the fixtures! We booked our trip to tie in with a league game months before (chancing on buying our tickets once there) and a couple of weeks before we flew out, the game was brought forward a day for sky tv - the day we were travelling!
i just had to come here after FC Barcelona won the championships.
the stadium is big but i had nothing to compair it to because it was my first time going to a soccer stadium.
i had fun looking at ALL the trophies won. (they have a lot!!!)
i got to see the recent trophy too.
Go number 3!! :)
This is the only soccer stadium I managed to visit in Europe, but it stacks up to every football stadium I've been to in the US. There were plenty of people there (capacity is in the mid 90,000s) and the fans were great. There's a much different energy at an FC Barcelona game then a college football game. Plus, since I didn't attend one of the bigger games, ticket prices were more than reasonable (roughly 22 euros for the upper deck around what would be the 30 or 35 yard line about ten rows up). Consequently my view was awesome, and it didn't seem like there would be a bad seat in the house either
As a long-time aficionado of artful diving, I have long idolized the likes of Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves.
Given that both are associated with FC Barcelona, I was excited to visit - as a pilgrimage of sorts - the very place that had begotten such legends.
Perhaps I had constructed too elaborate of a fantasy in my mind...but I was quite disappointed by the state of this diving stadium.
There was not much water, and there was nary a diving platform in sight; both were things I found quite perplexing (understandably, no?).
I had hoped to at least meet Busquets or Alves in person, but I only came cross a trio of small men - a quiet man who would not have looked out of place as a hobbit in LOTR, a pale bloke with a timid receding hairline, and a man (who bore an uncanny resemblance to a poorly-made Robert Downey Jr wax statue at Madame Tussaud's) who kept snarling "THE PITCH IS TOO DRY!"
I timidly approached them and inquired if I could help in any sort of way, but the three turned to me with impassive expressions and muttered "No thanks, we'll just pass."
I still do not understand where Busquets, Alves, and the steady stream of gifted divers Barcelona is known for churning out hone their skills to such perfection, but perhaps this is the essence of the "Barcelona DNA" everyone reverently titters about. It is not so much about the specific location of Barcelona or Camp Nou, but the innate prodigious abilities we lesser mortals can only appreciate from a distance.
In any case. 2 out of 5. Would not recommend.
What a stadium! 98787 seats. Europe's largest stadium. Definately worth a trip. The Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, Camp Nou in short, is 250 meters long, 220 meters wide and has a height of 48 meters. If you are in Barcelona, be sure to visit a match!
As good as it gets for a football fan. Such a great feeling of history here and a well made tour.
Visca Barca! I love this place...the stadium the museum everything about it. Friendly service, the tour is so worth it!
I visited this stadium last year with my boyfriend whilst on holiday in barcelona, now i dont rate barcelona that much, but this is a great place to visit.
The stadium is very magnificent & I would have loved to have watched a live match here. It is reasonably priced to go in & you can have your photo take on the pitch.
There is also a museum inside the stadium with lots of trohies, football boots, football memorabilia & souveniers. You also get a chance to sit in the pressbox & in the stands.
This was a very good tour. You get to walk around this massive stadium from pitch side, right up to the cheap seats. A quick look around the away team changing room leaves you think the home sides has to be better. The museum under the ground is also quite interesting, (although only 1 European cup, unlike Liverpool FC's 5.). Something I didn't know is that it is actually a regular sports club, that has a basketball team amongst other sports. For each match a 'club member' is chosen to sit in the VIP seats.
The pitch and the terracing are a superb example of what a football stadium should look like however the tour was over priced and not a patch on Old Trafford. It was like they were trying to screw as much money out of you as they could. The place inside was dirty and in need of a good clean up. The fact that you had to hire a recording to make your way around meant there were no people around to ask any questions that you may have had so overall very disappointing
One of the most amazing football stadia in Europe (globally, behind the Macarena stadium I would say), the Camp Nou can really be an amazing sight during match day - the general rhythm of the home fans and the feeling of the crowd simply cheering together is astounding. Anyone getting a ticket will want to watch out for what seat they have been allocated - if you are sitting right at the top, good luck to you!
The museum in the stadium is also well worth a tour - lots of trophies as well as nostalgic football photos of some of the true greats to have graced the game. The funny thing is, I even noticed some Japanese manga in the museum after a cartoon character was depicted to play for Barcelona in the comic!
I have very fond memories of a warm August evening here watching U2 live. It was awesome. I spent the day in the football museum which is very informative with profiles of their greatest players, past and present. Pictures and trophy cabinets fill the space. There is a huge club shop selling strips, training gear and other merchandise, expect to pay top money. The stadium is very impresive with seats up to the heavens, the spanish people were great offering us to share their food and drink. The stuff dreams are made of!
Very impressive stadium, It's only when you go into the stands you realise how high up some of the seats are placed, enough to give you a nosebleed!
Visiting the Camp Nou was like a religious experience for me,LOL. I am a diehard FC Barcelona supporter and have been a member of the club for a long time. We visited Barcelona, Spain in December of 2009 so I could finally see them. We toured the stadium and the museum and spent way too much money in the club store but it was totally worth it whether you a FC Barcelona supporter or just a lover of football in general. The Camp Nou is one of the cathedrals of football in my opinion. The actual match that we attended was against Villareal on 2 January 2010 if I recall correctly (a 1-1 draw with Pedro getting the goal for Barca). We stayed at a hotel in Hospitalets (a suburb of Barcelona) and the stadium is very easy to reach via the Barcelona metro (which is excellent in my opinion). My only regret is that Messi didn't play in the match that I attended although he did come out for warm-ups, so it wasn't a total loss.
really worth a day out of your holiday!!!
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