A study commissioned by the Barca board on the different options for the future Nou Camp suggests that the option of a renovation would be more profitable for the club than building a new stadium in the nearby “University area”.
As told on Friday by Catalan TV channel 8tv, the advantages are so great that the board has now limited themselves to ask about the option of a Nou Camp renovation in the referendum now scheduled for after the first quarter in 2014.
According to this information by 8tv, the idea is to avoid confusing amongst Barca’s members over the project of building a new stadium in the University area, literally impossible due to economic reasons, although it is the preferred choice by the city’s council.
In addition to this argument, the board believes that the location of the current Nou Camp has more commercial potential that the University area, which is away from the urban core with a more complicated access. It is thought that this autumn, the questions about the proposed stadium renovation along with the date of the referendum will be tied up once the external report is completely finished.
The estimated cost of the reform is between 250M and 400M euros , while a new stadium in the University area would cost almost double. The reform of the Nou Camp would not involve an expansion of capacity. The third tier will be completed in order to build a roof and save space for the VIP boxes.