FC Barcelona has unveiled the latest element of the future Spotify Camp Nou, a memorial space where fans can have their ashes placed to rest at the home of the Spanish LaLiga club.
Barcelona has entered into the venture with Eternal Sports Memorial, a company that has already delivered a similar project at Stage Front Stadium, the home of the club’s city rival RCD Espanyol. Located just metres away from the pitch, Memorial FC Barcelona will cater to fans both living and dead.
A 26,600-capacity columbarium will be located in a “privileged area” inside the stadium, with the urns placed behind large murals that will highlight iconic moments from the almost 125 years of club history. There will also be a shared space in which the ashes of deceased fans can be spread, Ara Comunitaria.
Meanwhile, a 180 square metre area will house 9,000 exclusive limited edition commemorative plaques for living fans who want to see their name alongside the club’s major stars and figureheads. To have an urn placed in the columbarium will cost between €250 (£218/$266) and €6,000, depending on the duration of the allocation. The price for Ara Comunitaria will be €1,500, while the commemorative plaques will cost €300.
With the permits required for including a funerary area in the future Camp Nou granted, Barcelona said the design aims to highlight the sense of belonging for all members and fans. The club continued: “As such, FC Barcelona has brought to fruition one of the aims when redeveloping the blaugrana home, namely to include its loyal fans in the sentimental journey through the club’s history.
“Barça may represent a story of success, but it is also a story of persistence, of overcoming adversity, and ambition, with the fans always providing their support, standing with the team even during the most difficult times.”
Barcelona said the columbarium will be an open, warm space given the materials and textures used in its construction, and the layout will be based on four elements. Four lit cubes will simulate skylights, with the light they project “acting as a metaphor for the continuity of life and the connection with the blaugrana home”. The commemorative plaques will be placed on a glass wall backlit with LED lights.
Espai Barça, the club’s wide-ranging infrastructure development venture, centres on an expansion of the Camp Nou’s capacity from 98,000 to 105,000. It will also include a new Palau Blaugrana arena and the wide-ranging Campus Barça development.
FC Barcelona last month secured final approvals for its Camp Nou revamp, with Barcelona City Council having granted the main licence that will enable the club to complete remodelling work at the famous venue.
In recent weeks, Barcelona has also launched a new memorabilia product range, which will enable season ticket holders to purchase their old seat at the Camp Nou among other elements removed during the redevelopment.
Barcelona teamed up with theme and leisure park operator PortAventura World for a venture designed to enhance the fan experience at the future Espai Barça, while it also presented its hospitality vision for the revamped Camp Nou.