The completion date for renovations to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has been pushed even further again to 2025, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the membership’s monetary director Jordi Moix has stated. Plans to improve the bottom’s capability from 99,000 to 105,000 and set up a roof have been permitted by members in 2014, with work set to start in 2017 and be accomplished by 2021, at a value of 600 million euros ($710.16 million).
Yet Moix stated political adjustments within the metropolis and the instability created by the area’s push for independence had induced the delay, which was then exacerbated by the pandemic.
“If we approve the financing for this season and start building work next summer at full speed we are talking about four years of works and we are talking about inaugurating the stadium in 2025,” Moix advised newspaper La Vanguardia on Thursday.
“If everything goes to plan I see it happening by that date. It’s been heavily delayed, of course. I wish we could have started two or three years ago.
“There are two elements we couldn’t control, a change in the local government and then trying to agree everything in a politically exceptional time. And then you add the coronavirus to all that, which has delayed almost everything.”
Moix added that Barca had misplaced round 20% of income to the pandemic, which has obliterated matchday revenue and industrial income due to the paralysing impact the virus has had on tourism.
Yet he stated the membership nonetheless urgently wanted to push ahead with the renovations to their colossal but ageing stadium to sustain with different prime European golf equipment who’re renovating their grounds and growing revenues because of this.
“It is more necessary than ever. We have to revitalise the stadium whatever it takes. Our rivals in Europe are doing it or have already done it,” Moix stated.
“We have to do it because the potential for income is much higher with a reformed stadium, with greater income from boxes or the naming rights. It’s an essential project.”
Barca’s arch rivals Real Madrid have accelerated renovation works on their Santiago Bernabeu stadium whereas Atletico Madrid moved in to the Wanda Metropolitano in 2017.
Premier League champions Liverpool in the meantime are persevering with to develop Anfield and Tottenham Hotspur opened a shiny new floor final 12 months at a value of 1 billion kilos ($1.32 billion).