Agusti Benedito promises a new ground if elected Barca president
|Agusti Benedito aims big after declaring his interest in the vacant top seat at Barcelona. (Photo credit: bbc.com)|
Barcelona presidential aspirant, Agusti Benedito says he will knock down Camp Nou and build a new stadium if he's elected in January.
Plans are already in place to renovate Camp Nou as part of the Espai Barca project, which will also see the regeneration of the area around the stadium. The initiative, which has been given the green light by the local government, was initially budgeted at €600 million and will see Camp Nou's capacity rise from 99,354 to 105,000.
However, with costs spiraling and work on the ground delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Benedito suggests it would be better to build a new home and to move to the Olympic Stadium in the city for three years, where rivals Espanyol used to play.
"If we win the elections, we will build a new stadium," Benedito said at the presentation of his campaign for the presidency.