Stadium of the Week: Head-to-head Camp Nou vs RCDE Stadium

8 July 2020

Camp Nou
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The 4th Stadium of the Week, a weekly collaboration between Off the Pitch and Buro Happold, moves to Spain where we compare Barcelona and Espanyol.

Camp Nou, the 4th best stadium in the 2020 VPR and outperforms RCDE Stadium on all fronts which ranks 43rd. Nonetheless, RCDE still sits a respectable 20 places ahead of another one of the VPR’s La Liga Stadiums, Villarreal's Estadio de la Ceramica.

Camp Nous impressive stadium has the highest capacity of all the VPR stadiums at almost 100,000. This naturally has a an impact on the players and fans, as seen through the high scores in Impact and Experience.

However, high scores in factors such as spectator density, pitch sound and average spectator height are equally important in helping it achieve such high overall scores.

The one area in which these two stadiums have similar scores is in Revenue which may be surprising to some. It is important to note that the VPR does not only account for the actual revenue generated but also the potential.

In this case RCDE bests the likes of San Mames (Atletico Bilbao) and Estadio Benito Villamarin (Real Betis) amongst others whilst Camp Nou could be said to be underperforming for Barcelona. Could possibly be one of the reasons for proposed redevelopment.

Andy Pottinger, Venue Design Director, Buro Happold