The completion date for renovations to Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has been pushed even additional again to 2025, partially as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the membership’s monetary director Jordi Moix has stated. Plans to extend the bottom’s capability from 99,000 to 105,000 and set up a roof have been accredited 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).
But 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 begin constructing work subsequent summer season at full pace we’re speaking about 4 years of works and we’re speaking about inaugurating the stadium in 2025,” Moix informed newspaper La Vanguardia on Thursday.
“If every thing goes to plan I see it occurring by that date. It’s been closely delayed, after all. I want we may have began two or three years in the past.
“There are two components we couldn’t management, a change within the native authorities after which attempting to agree every thing in a politically distinctive time. And you then add the coronavirus to all that, which has delayed nearly every thing.”
Moix added that Barca had misplaced round 20% of income to the pandemic, which has obliterated matchday revenue and business income as a result of paralysing impact the virus has had on tourism.
But he stated the membership nonetheless urgently wanted to push ahead with the renovations to their colossal but ageing stadium to maintain up with different prime European golf equipment who’re renovating their grounds and growing revenues consequently.
“It’s extra mandatory than ever. We’ve got to revitalise the stadium no matter it takes. Our rivals in Europe are doing it or have already completed it,” Moix stated.
“We’ve got to do it as a result of the potential for revenue is way increased with a reformed stadium, with higher revenue from containers or the naming rights. It’s an important mission.”
Barca’s arch rivals Actual 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 increase Anfield and Tottenham Hotspur opened a shiny new floor final yr at a value of 1 billion kilos ($1.32 billion).