Barça’s new basketball arena to be built by 2020
FC Barcelona’s director for economic affairs, Jordi Moix, and the director responsible for Barça Regal, Joan Bladé, announced that the Catalan sports club will build a new Palau Blaugrana within the next eight years. The construction of the new arena, which is tied to the referendum on the Camp Nou stadium, is subject to FC Barcelona's debt levels. The location of the new arena has not been announced.
Barcelona (FCB).- FC Barcelona will have a new Palau Blaugrana before 2020. The directors Joan Bladé and Jordi Moix held a press conference to talk about the details of the construction of the upcoming arena. Bladé, the director responsible for Barça Regal, said that \u201Cthe strategic plan presented by the Board of Directors at the General Assembly aims to improve the Club\u2019s equity by 2020 or before that.\u201D
The director responsible for Barça basketball also said that the construction of the new Palau \u201Cis tied to the construction of a new stadium or the remodel of the Camp Nou.\u201D He was clear that \u201Cwe\u2019re talking about building a new Palau Blaugrana not remodelling the current arena.\u201D
An advanced process
However, due to the Club\u2019s economic situation, the directors were not able to confirm when construction on the new Palau will being nor where it will be built. Moix, director for economic issues, explained that the FC Barcelona\u2019s Board \u201Chas actively worked to make the new Palau Blaugrana a reality as soon as possible.\u201D The director noted that the Board has discreetly conferred with contacts responsible for similar venues and that studies have been conducted on the design, financing and viability of a new arena. The director estimates that the new Palau will cost approximately 100 million euros.
In addition, Moix talked about the Board\u2019s other areas of management, like the recuperation of the plot of land at Sant Joan Despí for the construction of additional arenas for the Catalan club\u2019s other professional teams, improving the press room and the dressing rooms at the current Palau. \u201CWe\u2019re very clear that we need to build a new Palau. We\u2019re conducting studies that will allow us to begin construction as soon as possible once a final location is agreed upon,\u201D said Moix. \u201CWe will have a new Palau, the decision has been made. It will be one of the best arenas in Europe,\u201D he added.
Euroleague\u2019s A License
Members of the Board of Directors hope that the decision to build a new Palau by 2020 will convince the Euroleague to allow the Club to maintain its A License, which guarantees Barça Regal\u2019s participation in the European tournament regardless of how well the team does in the domestic competition. \u201CWe have talked with the Euroleague in order to come to the best possible solution. We\u2019re doing our homework, we believe these procedures are being done correctly,\u201D said Bladé. He added: \u201COur intention is to continue playing at the Palau. We\u2019ve invested funds to improve the arena and we\u2019ll stay there until a new one is built.\u201D