FC Barcelona’s plans to expand the Camp Nou stadium have again been delayed. The renovation will be completed in 2025 at the earliest, as financial director Jordi Moix announced on Thursday.
Plans for expansion were already approved in 2014, and two years later the winning design by Japanese designer Nikken Sekkei was selected from 26 options.
The works – expanding the capacity from 99,000 to 105,000 and adding a roof – should have started in 2017 and should be finished next year, but never started due to the political situation in Barcelona.
“When the financing for this season comes around and the work starts next summer, the stadium will be ready in 2025. Unfortunately, it will be quite late,” Moix said in an interview with The vanguard.
“Pandemic will not last thirty years”
According to Moix, who also blames the delay on the corona crisis, the loan that Barcelona took out for the renovation with the American bank Goldman Sachs is certainly not in danger.
“The loan has a term of thirty years. The pandemic will not last thirty years, although we already notice the impact of it. Our income has fallen by 20 percent and we will start to make a loss.”
Barcelona finished second in La Liga last season. The club of Lionel Messi and Frenkie de Jong, among others, lost the lead after the corona break to rival Real Madrid.