Camp Nou can take 99,354 spectators, making it the by far biggest football stadium in Europe. Furthermore, it only consists of seats, making it even more unique. The stadium was inaugurated in September 1957 with a game between FC Barcelona and a team of the best players from the Polish city Warszawa.
Cam Nou is the third stadium where FC Barcelona has played. During the club’s infancy it played on Camp del Carrer Indústria. It grew out of that stadium pretty quickly, and in 1922 Campo de Les Corts was finished. That stadium could hold up towards 60,000 spectators, but even Les Corts soon became too small to be able to serve all of Barcelona’s fans.
Cam Noi was constructed between 1954–1957. It was initially called Estadi del FC Barcelona, but the people referred to it as Camp Nou, which in Catalonian means “New Stadium”. It wasn’t until 2001, after a vote among the club’s members (socios), that Camp Nou became the official name.
When Spain hosted the football World Championship of 1982, expansions were made on Camp Nou, which brought the capacity up to 120,000. During the 1990’s, however, the capacity was reduced in connection with the stadium being modified to only offer seats.
Camp Nou lies about five kilometers west of the central parts of Barcelona. You can walk all the way to the stadium, but the wiser choice is to take the subway. From the center of the city you can take line 3 and get off at the Les Corts station, or take line 5 and get off at the Collblanc station. From both of these stations there is a walk of ten-or-so minutes to the stadium.