With the stadium’s capacity of almost 100,000 people, the grounds are a Mecca for football fans around the world. I visited the stadium on a normal Thursday afternoon in February to find out all about the now infamous Barcelona FC Stadium and Museum Tour. This tour is the most popular of all tours in Barcelona. There was no match taking place on the day that I visited, but still crowds of fans were at the stadium, paying their respects to the ‘shrine to football’ in Barcelona. It’s true to say that Camp Nou is more than just a stadium, just as Barcelona FC is said to be ‘more than just a club’. Book your Camp Nou Experience tickets online to avoid the queues Booking Information Click here to book your tickets online for fast track entry to the Camp Nou Experience tour at Barcelona FC Stadium An Overview of the Tour What I realised after taking the Barcelona FC stadium tour was that you get a real feel for what it must be like behind the scenes at the club. You can see exactly what is would be like from the players and managers point of view which adds a whole new dimension to your experience when watching a match or interview. Sit in the VIP chairs at Camp Nou Sit in the VIP chairs The Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience tour ticket gives you access to the ‘behind the scenes’ action at the club as well as access to the FC museum and the multimedia centre. The tour is ‘self-guided’, meaning that there are no tour guides. Rather, you will be guided through the museum by bright yellow barriers, ensuring that you go the right way around the tour. Security guards/attendants are dotted along the route and can direct you if necessary, however they are unable to answer fact-based questions about what is on show. Club photos on display Club photos on display Information about the tour is provided on boards along the route. However if you want to gain a more in-depth knowledge of everything on the tour, audio-guides are available and I recommend you get one of these. These can be purchased at the start desk of the tour. For more details on the audio-guides, please see below. Stops on the Camp Nou Experience Tour – Self-Guided Tour of Barcelona FC’s stadium: ‘Virtual Experience’ – a ten minute 3D putting the FC stadium tour into context. Inside the 3D Virtual Experience Inside the 3D Virtual Experience There is a 3D show at the start of the FC Stadium tour. This is most likely to appeal to children, who will be excited by the 3D effects. Presumably, to appeal to all nationalities, no words are provided. It is intended to give you a sense of what it is like to be on the pitch during the match – images of famous football matches are shown in this 3D show. Football player visitor’s changing room. Here you have an opportunity to walk around the stadium’s away team changing room facilities. You may be surprised at how basic they are. I think the idea might be not to give the away team too many advantages! The Communal Bath The communal bath I would like to have been able to see the changing rooms of the home team. According to the audio-guide these are far more impressive, including a meeting room, a spa, a treatment room and a pharmacy. FC Chapel FC Chapel FC chapel. This was inaugurated in 1958 and blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1982. A last minute chance for the players to say a prayer or two. Players’ tunnel to the pitch. Walking up the tunnel gives you a rush of excitement. It is an opportunity to feel how the players feel as they run up onto the pitch before a big game with 100,000 roaring fans at the end of the tunnel. Of course the stadium is empty on the day but with a little imagination you are there. The Benches (or ‘Dug Out’) – The Benches at the side of the Pitch. View from the press box View from the press box If you are like me then this may be considered to be the most exciting part of the tour. This is the closest that you will get to the pitch itself – as if in the shoes of the team managers. Unaware of how impressive this would be, I was wowed by the 105 by 68 metre pitch and the 48 metre high stands. Imagine this filled with 100,000 passionate fans and you have an awesome back-scene perspective to a match at Barcelona FC from the eyes of the team leand #tour#barcelona#stadium#football

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