Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has described the upcoming redevelopment of the Camp Nou as “absolutely necessary” to the club’s finances.
Bartolomeu’s predecessor Sandro Rosell announced last month the club will convert the current structure of the Camp Noup into a new 105,000-seat stadium after abandoning plans to build a new ground on land adjacent to the Avinguda Diagonal in L’Hospitalet.
Decisions concerning the preferred external and internal appearances of the remodelled Camp Nou, already the largest ground in Europe with a capacity of 99,354, will be made at a referendum to be held on either April 5 or 6.
The budget for the new project is €600m with construction work set to begin in May 2017 and is slated to conclude in February 2021.
Bartomeu revealed estimated maintenance costs for the Camp Nou through to 2021 would hit €56m and said that, despite concerns over funding for the redevelopment,
“the Espai Barça is economically viable and absolutely necessary”.
He added on the club’s official website:
“The Espai Barça is an ambitious project. It’s a club project, not the board of directors’.
“Anyone in our position would do this, I’d even venture to say that we’re a bit late in starting the process.”