The Palau Blaugrana washes its face

  • The Laporta board will invest one million euros in refurbishing the Barça pavilion, with changes of video scoreboards and public address

  • The club anticipates that the new Palau will be built for the 2025-26 season with a capacity for 15,000 spectators

The directive of the FC Barcelona plan to have the new one ready Palau Blaugrana for the 2025-2026 season with a capacity of 15,000 spectators, within the renovated Barça space that the board of Joan Laporta presented at the last club meeting to the delegate members. But until that dreamed project for the Barça sections, and especially for basketball, becomes a reality. the club has decided to make a facelift of the current Palau, some refurbishment works that can be enjoyed this season.

The club has already approved an investment of one million euros for the most immediate actions of the Palau, which will focus on changing the electronic scoreboard, the public address system, also the electrical installation, as well as the creation of a ‘hospitality area ” in the annexed part of the north goal of the Palau, in the Casal del avi area, where VIP fans with seats on the court chairs will be able to have personalized attention and will have the presence of Barça basketball legends, such as Audie Norris, one of the benchmarks of the late 80s, turned into a Barça ambassador.

Pending to obtain the permits to start the works in the Palau, which have not yet been processed, as has been done with the works of the stadium, the club also finalizes the project of the installation, renewed by the need to expand the Initial proposal from the Bartomeu board, which envisaged a capacity of 10,000 spectators, expandable to 12,500, to the 15,000 that the Laporta board considers necessary, aware that it must be a very important source of income for the club. This increase in capacity is what will give Barça the possibility of hosting major sporting events, such as the ‘final four’ of the Euroleague.

The club also plans to fully exploit the facility with the organization of other events such as concerts or conventions, which could host up to 20,000 spectators, taking into account that about 5,000 more seats could be enabled on the track.

Balance the accounts

In the commitment to generate more income that allows balancing the accounts of the sections, the Barça has recently incorporated an expert exclusively dedicated to seeking sponsorships for basketball and is preparing a space within the Botiga dedicated to the theme of this sport, which will open this coming Saturday, baptized as the corner.

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The pilot experience of placing the marketing of the basketball section on the first floor of the Botiga this past week had a “very positive response & rdquor; by fans, according to club sources. Barça has verified the great interest in the basketball team, in the return of the fans to the stands after the pandemic, both in the sale of tickets (on the day of Fuenlabrada The 2,200 put up for sale were sold, since 4,000 are fertilizers, the same as on the day of Zenit St. Petersburg Euroleague) and merchandising.

The Barça, on the other hand, has not yet reached any agreement with Nikola Mirotic to adapt his salary to the difficult economic situation of the club, although he keeps the conversations open, as with Brandon Davies y Nick Calathes, two players who finish contract, and has not closed the door to Marc Gasol, although the center of Sant Boi maintains a calculated silence about his future.

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