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FILE – Spectators throng the Camp Nou stadium during the Women’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in Barcelona, ​​Spain, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. Barcelona will play the 2023-24 season away of Camp Nou as Europe’s largest football stadium undergoes a massive overhaul, the Spanish club announced Thursday, April 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Maria Angela Angles, File)

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Barcelona will play the 2023-24 season away from Camp Nou as Europe’s biggest football stadium undergoes a massive overhaul, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.

The club said that Barcelona would play their matches at the Lluís Companys stadium, owned by the municipality. The stadium, which has a capacity of around 60,000 spectators, hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics.

The club have said their long-delayed plan to remodel and modernize the Camp Nou, which currently hosts 99,000 spectators, will begin this year after receiving the final green light from the city.

Games will continue to be played at Camp Nou next season. After playing the following campaign away from Camp Nou, the club want games to return for the 2024-25 season, but with attendance down to 50% due to construction works. The club plans to complete the stadium works during the 2025-26 season.

The club wants to increase Camp Nou’s capacity to 110,000 while renovating its surroundings, which include a pavilion for the club’s other sports, museum and shops. He budgeted 1.5 billion euros ($1.57 billion) for the project.

Barcelona rivals Espanyol played at the Lluís Companys stadium from 1997 to 2009. The stadium, whose grounds are surrounded by an athletics track, sits atop a small hill that offers views of the Mediterranean city.

Barcelona had considered using their much smaller Johan Cruyff stadium outside the city as an alternative venue.

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