Copa del Rey 2015 Final Reportedly Will Be Played at Camp Nou, Not Bernabeu

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2015

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 11:  Manchester City FC players listen to their manager Manuel Pellegrini during a training session ahead the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou on March 11, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Following Real Madrid's insistence the 2015 Copa del Rey final would not be played at the Estadio Bernabeu, the decision has been made to move the showpiece between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao to the Camp Nou, home of the Blaugrana.  

AS English reported the news Wednesday:

AS English @English_AS

Breaking: 2015 Copa del Rey final to be played at Camp Nou. http://t.co/62lYDYDRyQ

This means Barcelona will effectively be playing a home final, with other venues on neutral ground losing out to the iconic Camp Nou. Ticket allocation means plenty of Basques should be able to enter the stadium, making the actual crowd more evenly matched, but the Catalans won't have to travel to play the final.

Author Sid Lowe thinks that, given the circumstances, the Camp Nou was a logical choice:

Sid Lowe @sidlowe

Camp Nou. I think that's the right decision personally (once Bernabeu, which was ovvious choice, was ruled out).

Both Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao had requested the final to be held in Madrid, more specifically at the Bernabeu, home of Real. Los Blancos had not made the stadium available, and as reported by Marca, they refused to change their minds.

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Unlike most European countries, Spain doesn't have a designated venue to play the cup final, which moves around every year. On this occasion, both finalists declared their favourite venue to play the match, and as reported by BBC Sport, that preference was the Bernabeu.

As shared by Spanish football expert Rafael Hernandez, Bilbao have agreed to a final at the Camp Nou, instead:

Rafael Hernández @RafaelH117

Athletic Bilbao accepted the Camp Nou as the Spanish Cup’s final. So no, they weren’t ripped off or anything.

Playing the match at Barcelona makes sense from an economical point of view; revenue will be split evenly, and the Camp Nou is the biggest stadium in Spain.

While Real's explanation for not wanting to host the final—the club simply didn't volunteer—is perfectly acceptable, there are plenty of other reasons why Los Blancos would rather not agree to the demands of Barcelona and Bilbao.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09:  Real Madrid CF fans gather outside their Santiago Bernabeu stadium before the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Levante UD at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on March 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Image
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Apart from the obvious fact the Blaugrana are their fierce rivals and it wouldn't be pleasant to watch them lift the Copa del Rey at the Bernabeu, the two finalists come from different regions of the country with strong identities. Having Madrid's most iconic stadium filled with Catalan and Basque flags would be a little odd, to say the least.

Instead, both clubs and their supporters will meet at the Camp Nou, where this year's rendition of the Spanish national anthem, traditionally played before the final, should be some spectacle.  

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