Barça will study putting retractable grass in the new Camp Nou

"The Santiago Bernabéu will be a place where football is played from time to time." The phrase of Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, has not gone unnoticed by the board of directors of FC Barcelona, knowing that the white club has made movements to attract sporting events (NFL and NBA) and musical events to fully exploit its stadium. Once it is completely remodeled at the end of 2022. 

The revolutionary retractable lawn system, which accumulates vertically under the stands opposite the Tribune, added to the movable roof, will allow Madrid to generate much more income without damaging the field of play.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca has taken note of this and will study the architectural feasibility of being able to hide the grass, or hybrid for some years in the case of the Camp Nou, within the framework of the planned works, especially the first and second tier, reaching a year without hosting football matches, initially in the 2023-24 season. 

The Barça club, through the mouth of its CEO, Ferran Reverter, already announced last week that the financing of Goldman Sachs, whose green light it will ask the Assembly on Sunday, will amount to 1,500 million euros with the aim of making the Espai Barça a reality at the height of the greatness of the club and being able to compete with the maximum possibilities with other "greats" in Europe. 

For the future, Palau Blaugrana, another source of exploitation beyond the culés sections, already has about 300 'kilos' as a figure to pay for the work.

In addition to Real Madrid's plans, Barça have also taken note of the NFL game between the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons, witnessed by 60,589 people this Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, totally new next to the old White Hart Lane at a cost of 1,150 million euros and designed by the American studio Populous. 

The stadium of the 'spurs' is the first in England with a retractable lawn that disappears in just one hour under one of the funds, exposing an artificial grass field. Tottenham have a ten-year contract with the NFL from 2019 to host two games per year.

The evolution of retractable turf panels already goes beyond the Gelredome in Arnhem (Netherlands) in 1998, the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen (Germany) in 2001 and the Sapporo Dome (Japan) in 2001, with a system that fully takes out the outdoor game rectangle and is able to close the roof.

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