In the past 17 years of travelling to all corners of planet earth, I’ve been most fortunate to visit some beautiful cities around Europe and, being Europe, there are also some fabulous football matches on to enjoy. Now, Anfield will always be my home away from home but there is actually one ground I visited in May 2013 that sits in my seven wonders of the football world. Camp Nou!
Holding just a tick under 100,000 spectators, Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona. The city itself is somewhere I have been a few times now but I decided it’s time to go again (hell, I was only there in May this year) so I have sorted myself for the Champions League tie against Olympiacos in the second half of October. The last time I went, Barca were tonked 3-0 by Bayern Munich in a champions league semi final. Ouch!
The stadium tour and museum is a most spectacular experience. I went along the day before the CL semi final and was blown away by just how comprehensive the Camp Nou is. You are allowed to take the journey at your own pace (I sat in the stand losing my breath for half an hour at the magnificence of it all) which allows you to see and experience so much more. There is a lot to explore and learn in the museum as well! Camp Nou is also celebrating her 60th birthday in just under two weeks. When opened in 1957, it came at a cost of 1.73 MILLION Euro’s which was a shit load of money when you think about it for money in 1957! Construction actually began 3 years earlier.
During the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Camp Nou actually held over 121,000 people! Imagine the atmosphere with that many people watching? Even today, with a reduced capacity Camp Nou is Europe’s largest football venue. If you have never been before, can I strongly suggest that you get yourself along, even if you only do a self guided stadium and museum tour, it’s an experience to behold and exactly why Camp Nou is one of the 7 wonders of the football world!
So what on earth are you waiting for? With flights departing Liverpool, Manchester and London for as little as $25 AU, Barcelona is not just worth it for the Camp Nou, the city has so much more to offer! But that my friends, if for another day and another blog entry. What I can say is this. Life is about experience so get yourself out there are start experiencing what life has to offer!