WHY CAN’T BARCELONA FILL THE CAMP NOU ?
The Camp Nou is the largest capacity of any European Stadium
with ninety nine thousand three hundred and fifty four
that’s comfortably ahead of Wembley
Signal Iduna Park,
the Santiago bernabéu,
and Luzhniki–the biggest grounds in Europe.
The problem for FC Barcelona however is that they’ve been struggling to fill it in recent times.
The Catalan club may be one of the best supported in the world
and their fanbase may be growing with each passing year.
It’s become tougher than ever to sell out the venue.
Over the course of the 2017/18 season,
The average La Liga attendance at Camp Nou was just 70568,
not including the home match against Las Palmas on October 1st,
when the team played behind closed doors due to the political tension in the city,
over the Catalan independence referendum.
That figure of 70 or thousand
correlates to just 71 percent of capacity,
and was the lowest average attendance since 2007/08,
when the crowds might be explained
by a poor on pitch performance as Barcelona finished 3rd with 67 points.
In 2017/18 though, they won the championship and picked up 93 points.
They were surely a team worth watching,
but still struggled to get people through the turnstiles to do so.
A few explanations have been put forward for the drop-off in spectator numbers.
One of the suggestions is that there has been a decline in tourist numbers
as a result of the terror attack on las ramblas in August of 2017.
And because of the apprehension that the Catalan independence issue has caused,
tourist visits to the city had fallen by 13.9% in 2017,
according to Spain’s National Institute of statistics.
And this had a knock-on effect at the Camp Nou ticket offices.
这两个问题不仅影响的不仅是游客 同样还有一些当地人 这点不难理解
Understandably, these two issues aren’t only putting off the tourists but some locals as well.
Just 54,560 fans were in the stands in the first home match after August attack,
even though the visit of Real Bettis was a fairly attractive one and played a fan-friendly kick-off time.
Maybe there is less appetite for enjoying football
because people are preoccupied by other things–
club vice-president Jordi Cardoner said in an interview on the subject.
Another potential explanation has to do with the ticket prices.
The club still looks after season ticket holders fairly well.
But the prices for individual matches are some of the most expensive in Europe.
For a La Liga fixture in 2017/18,
the very cheapest ticket was 39 euros,
and that was only for the matches against newly promoted sides or other less attractive teams.
For a match against a mid-table side, like Athletic Club,
prices started at 49 euros.
Even in the Copa del Rey where special deals were on offer in the early rounds,
the cheapest ticket for the semi-final against Valencia was 29 euros.
And there were very limited number of these available.
For most seats the price was between 40 euros and 60 euros,
and only went on sale six days before the match,
and surprisingly a low gate was recorded of 50,959.
One final reason could be the stadium itself.
This may partly explain the low attendance in the Valencia Copa del Rey semi-final
as there was rain that evening and only one stand has a roof.
Having opened in 1957,
the Camp Nou cannot be described as modern,
and this could be putting off some fans,
especially foreign fans who’ve become used to a certain level of match day experience confer.
Barcelona certainly seem to be taking this issue seriously,
having commissioned a report
to try and establish what can be done to pack the Camp Nou once again.
They’re also in the process of redeveloping the venue.
计划增加一个屋顶 增设自动扶梯和电梯 打造更多的餐饮点
They plan to add a roof, add more escalators and lifts, create more food and beverage points
improve the toilets, make the stadium more accessible,
develop the entire complex around the ground.
Club president Josep Maria Bartimeo has spoken at length about the project
and has explained the logic behind it.
“We want to keep being the best”, he said.
“A club like ours has to have the best stadium,
the current version has become old.”
“它曾经是世界上最好的体育场 但这么多年以后 便已经不再是了”
“Years have passed and the stadium which was the best in the world no longer is.”
As part of the stadium redevelopment,
the capacity will be increased to rising to 105,000.
This might seem odd given the inability to fill the current seats.
Real Madrid by comparison are also upgrading their stadium
but will not grow their capacity.
They’ve had attendance issues of their own,
but the percentage occupancy of the Bernabéu has remained over 80 for the past decade.
With around 6,000 additional seats being added at a Camp Nou.
The issue of filling the stadium will surely remain a talking point for some time.