Barcelona’s Nou Camp could be demolished under plans from presidential candidate

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Barcelona’s famous Nou Camp stadium could be demolished, should Agusti Benedito be named the La Liga giants’ new president.

Barca are searching for a new president following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu in October amid their poor form.

There are plenty of names in the running for the election next month with Joan Laporta talking about his plans.

And now Benedito has opened up on his ideas, including demolishing the Nou Camp in order for a more modern ground.

"If we win the elections, we will build a new stadium," Benedito said at an election presentation.

"We have considered two options. The first is to knock Camp Nou down and build it in the same place. That would mean playing in Montjuic for three years.

"The other option is to build a new stadium in Sant Joan Despi [the site of Barcelona's training ground]. It would be voted on in a referendum during the first year of our mandate if we're elected on January 24.

"If we do it immediately, the project we're putting forward wouldn't cost more than €900m.

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"This would be financed by the sale of the stadium's naming rights for a period of 25 years."

The current Nou Camp was completed in 1957 and has hosted plenty of major football matches, including a World Cup semi-final in 1982.

It was also the scene where Manchester United completed their famous treble in 1999 following two stoppage-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It has a capacity of just under 100,000 with plans already in place to renovate the famous stadium.

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