Barcelona have approved a £496 million project to help improve one of the more famous stadiums in the world.
Sky Sports, via FoxSports.com, provides the latest news on Camp Nou:
The radical plans will see the current Nou Camp revamped, its capacity increased more than 5,000 to 105,000 and a roof added. The space around the stadium will also be redeveloped to include an ice rink, modern office facilities and a 5,000-space car park.
Around one third of Barca members voted in the referendum, 72% approving work due to begin in May 2017 and conclude in February 2021.
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu explained:
Days like today are when the world sees what FC Barcelona is and means. The support for the proposal has been extraordinary.
I'm very satisfied. It's a great day, a democratic festival for the Barca members. Voting made me very happy, as did seeing so many votes cast by members. It's a huge project that will improve the club for years to come.
The most important thing is that the members decide in a massive way. The members have given me strength. We will continue to work very hard like we always have and we continue to solve problems.
These additions will help bring Camp Nou into the 21st century as one of the premier football stadiums in the world. This is only fitting for one of the bigger organizations in the entire sport.
Forbes recently valued Barcelona as being worth $1.31 billion, which ranked eighth among all sports teams. Only Manchester United and Real Madrid are worth more in the sport.
The club has also been extremely impressive on the pitch, winning four of the last five La Liga titles. It currently sits in second place behind Atletico Madrid with six matches remaining in the 2013-14 season. Barca are also competing in the quarterfinals of Champions League and are considered one of the favorites to win the title.
While there has been a great deal of success in all competitions, Barcelona have been especially strong at home. They have won all but one of their 16 league matches at Camp Nou this year, and the one loss broke an incredible streak:
With the latest renovations, the club has ensured that it will remain at this location for many years to come.
Combining this team's current group of young players and the loyal support of its fans, there is little doubt that the squad will be able to fill the stadium with ease going forward. This will help pay for the costs of the improvements in a short period of time.
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