Spanish LaLiga football club FC Barcelona is set to unveil the latest addition to the Camp Nou fan experience, with the Barça Café opening its doors tomorrow (Saturday).
Barça Café aims to extend the services available at Camp Nou and improve the range of food and beverage options. The new offering is located on the boulevard with the club’s ticket offices, next to the entrance to the Barça Museum. It is designed as a Barça-themed sports bar, with a gastronomic offering that is based on distinctive elements of Catalan cuisine.
The establishment is managed by Singularis, the catering division of the Serunion group, and has more than 500 square metres of floor space. Including the bar area, lounge and terrace it has room for 170 customers.
The club said Barça Café is born out of the desire to give fans a meeting point, both on match days at Camp Nou as well as on days when the team is playing away from home. The bar has big screens available to allow patrons to enjoy the game as well as the food and drink on offer. The menu is designed by Grupo Iglesias and is based on fresh, local produce.
The menu at Barça Cafe includes some of the favourite dishes of the first team players; healthy recipes recommended by the FC Barcelona nutritionists and put together in conjunction with club sponsor Beko as part of the Eat like a Pro programme. On match days at Camp Nou the Barça Cafe will offer a take away service to cater to fans heading to the game.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Barça Cafe will initially only operate at weekends. It is intended to be the focal point of the future Barça Rambla. Unveiled in February 2020, the fan experience space is designed to “give the best possible welcome” to fans who visit Barcelona’s facilities.
Work on the project was halted in April 2020 due to COVID-19, and only resumed in October. The club said it is hoping to complete the whole space in the coming months.
Earlier this week it was revealed that Bill Mannarelli, the head of Barcelona’s Espai Barça project, had left his role with the club. Mannarelli joined Barcelona in July 2014 and his departure comes after Joan Laporta returned to the club as president in March.
Espai Barça is one of the priority tasks under the mandate of Laporta, who previously served as Barcelona president between 2003 and 2010.
Barcelona announced last week that it had made “small architectural changes” in an attempt to get the project back on track, with Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys targeted as a potential temporary home while work is taking place on the Camp Nou.
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