Nou Camp is in dire need of repairs as Barcelona stadium compares to old Plough Lane


Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has likened Barcelona’s rundown Nou Camp to Wimbledon’s old Plough Lane ground.

The Crazy Gang’s tiny top-flight home in the late 80s was notorious as the last place players or supporters wanted to visit because it was in such bad shape.

Gibson, a former Wimbledon star, was stunned to see their famous stadium of 80,000 seats in a similar state when he visited Barcelona recently.

Catalan club aims to have a Nou Camp completely renovated by 2025. The loan was made possible by a one-billion pound loan from Goldman Sachs, a megabank worldwide.

Gibson, a regular pundit for La Liga TV and co-commentator, said that it was also about time.

The Catalan club aim to have a fully refurbished Nou Camp completed by 2025
Catalan Club aims to complete a Nou Camp fully renovated by 2025

The ex-Manchester United forward, 59, revealed: “I was there for Barcelona’s game with Grenada – and there were only 20,000 in an empty stadium because of Covid restrictions.

“It was awful. Barcelona were rubbish – they got a last minute equaliser for a 1-1 draw – and there’s a thunderstorm and torrential rain.

“I couldn’t believe how bad the stadium was. The way it’s built, downwards and underground on the inside, meant the fans were wading through flour or five inches of water on the concourses.

Barcelona plan to completely revamp the Nou Camp
Barcelona plans to completely re-design the Nou Camp

Wimbledon’s original Plough Lane

“It’s got to be worst ground I’ve been to since Plough Lane!”

Plans for Barcelona’s revamped ground have been unveiled. It will eventually accommodate more than 100,000 supporters, and it aims to maximize match day revenue.

The Nou Camp does not have the resources to accomplish this feat, and there are no lucrative VIP areas.

Gibson was the first to cover La Liga with Sky Sports in the 90s. “It’s incredible that a club as big as Barcelona have no corporate areas or boxes.

“They’ve missed out on so much. But it seems new president Juan Laporta is rejuvenating the club.”