Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most successful and most well known soccer clubs in the entire world. With this success comes the need to also employ some of the biggest names in the game and this includes players such as Ronaldinho Puyol Eto’o, Henry and others.
Once you arrive in Barcelona, locate a tourist information booth. They’re all over the city and close to all major tourist sites and close to train stations. Take the brochure on the Barcelona card even if you aren’t going to buy one. Inside is a very handy map of the metro routes that you should tare out and keep in your pocket. The other thing you’ll want to get at the tourist information booth is the city map of Barcelona. They should be laying right on the counter and they’re free. Many smaller streets aren’t listed on this map so you may have to walk a few blocks before you can figure out just what street you are on. If this is a problem for you then you might want to buy a more detailed map of the city or take along a personal navigation device.
Getting a ticket
Due to the fact that the club is regularly playing in the Champions League, you should always check for the official date and time of their match which is available 10 days prior to the originally scheduled kickoff here.
Generally speaking, if Barcalona are playing in the Champions League in the following week then the previous league game will take place on a Saturday and if the Champions League match is on a Wednesday then the league game will be on a Sunday. I say generally speaking because this is almost always the way it works but there may be exceptions. For league matches when there isn’t a Champions League game the following week it’s impossible to know if a game will be on Saturday or Sunday until the official schedule is announced 10 days before kickoff.
Due to the size of Camp Nou, tickets generally don’t sell out unless it’s a match against Real Madrid or Espanyol. That being said, I would still highly recommend that you try and purchase your tickets in advance in order to secure the best seat possible.
As is the case with most clubs in Europe these days, dues paying members are given priority when it comes to buying tickets. For non members, tickets can be purchased 15 days in advance through the Barcelona web site.
Bring your passport and the credit card you used to make the purchase with you to pick up your tickets. Here’s a map with the location shown. Look for this sign and head through the gate to get your tickets-
If you are feeling really adventurous or perhaps you are reading this from Barcelona you can purchase tickets from the same location on game day.
Away fans are generally seated in sections 521 and 522.
On matchday you’d hardly know that there was a game on if you weren’t near the stadium. About two hours before kickoff, things really start to pick up around Camp Nou as fans start to descend on the stadium. There are food carts located around the stadium and the typical souvenir stands just like you’d find at any soccer stadium in Europe.
Unless it’s a match against Real Madrid, Espanyol or perhaps a match with league cup implications the atmosphere at Camp Nou is very laid back. After visiting Camp Nou, one reporter wrote that loudest noise he heard from the fans came during the half when people took the wrappers off of their sandwiches. I have to say that it’s probably not far off the mark. The Camp Nou supporters likely to make the most noise will be seated behind either of the goals so if you’re looking to be a part of songs and chants then that would be your best bet. Just don’t be surprised if there is actually very little singing going on once you’re there.
Using The Metro
Metro stops can be identified by the following signs-
If you’d like to see how to purchase a metro ticket, please have a look at this video.
To reach Camp Nou, take either the metro line to Palau Reial or the metro line to Les Cortes. If you need to pick up your ticket, Palau Reial will put you on the side where the Access 9 entry gate is but it’s not that far to walk around if you get off at Les Cortes instead.
You only need to purchase one of the “single tickets” to reach the stadium. If you want to save time getting home after the match, you should go ahead and buy an extra “single ticket” for later use.
Be aware that due to the large crowds at Barcelona matches, getting on any form of public transportation can be a problem. Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get back home and be prepared to wait in line for any bus or metro.
Tip- After inserting your ticket at the metro turnstile, wait until the green arrow lights up. It takes longer than you’d think it should but if you don’t then you’ll end up with bruised thighs.
Pictures & Video
Barcelona anthem before the match.
Fans upset with the referee