Barcelona Reveal More on New Stadium Plans, Will Look for Name Sponsor

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 4, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 15:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano de Madrid at Camp Nou on February 15, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have shed a little more light on plans for the remodelled Nou Camp and surrounding area, called the Espai Barca (Barca Space), ahead of an April 5 referendum.

A budget for the entire project of €600 million has also been set out, while the headline ideas include expanding the stadium to a 105,000 capacity and also redesigning the area around the Nou Camp to include, amongst other things, a social area, club offices and even an ice rink.

But perhaps the standout piece of news from the statement is that Barcelona will be open to finding a name sponsor for the new version of their stadium.

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According to the statement:

The Economic Vice-President added that the name of the stadium may very well have a surname attached to the legendary Camp Nou moniker. "We will never lose our name, the Camp Nou, but the Board of Directors will have to select the best offer," said Faus in regards to the possibility of acquiring an additional 150 million euros for Club coffers if the decision is approved by the Assembly on April 5.

Barcelona's statement on the project explains that "the project is certainly ambitious but in equal measure it is financially viable and realistically achievable."

The idea is to inform the Barcelona members and public about the plans as best possible before a vote on whether to proceed takes place. Despite the detail, however, Faus is quoted as saying that the plans are still at an early stage, and would need to be fine-tuned before they could be advanced.