Camp de Les Corts

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Les Corts
Camp de Les Corts (maqueta).jpg
Model of Camp de Les Corts in FC Barcelona Museum
Full name Camp de les Corts
Opened 20 May 1922
Expanded 1926
Demolished 2 February 1966
Owner FC Barcelona
Operator FC Barcelona
Architect Santiago Mestres
Josep Alemany
Capacity 60,000
Field size 101 m × 62 m (331 ft × 203 ft)
Tenants
FC Barcelona (1922–1957)

Camp de Les Corts (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkam də ɫəs ˈkorts]), commonly referred to as Les Corts, was a sports stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the home ground for FC Barcelona until the club moved to the Camp Nou in 1957.

Les Corts was built as a result of a long-term plan by the club president, Joan Gamper, to provide FC Barcelona with its own stadium. It replaced the Camp del carrer Indústria as the home of FC Barcelona. Inaugurated in 1922, the initial capacity was 20,000. The first game played at the ground was between FC Barcelona and St. Mirren. On May 13, 1923, the stadium hosted the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and CE Europa and on December 21, 1924, Les Corts hosted a game between Spain and Austria.

On June 24, 1925, the stadium was the scene of an incident that saw it closed for six months. During a game, FC Barcelona fans jeered the Spanish national anthem and then applauded God Save the King, performed by a visiting British Royal Marine band. The dictatorship of Primo de Rivera accused Joan Gamper of promoting Catalan nationalism. Les Corts was shut down and Gamper was expelled from Spain.

The stadium was the home of FC Barcelona during two of its most successful eras. During the 1920s with coach Jack Greenwell and players such as Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarba, Ricardo Zamora, Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga and Franz Platko, the club dominated the Campionat de Catalunya and emerged as one of the top clubs in Spain. The club built on that success and also won the first ever La Liga while based at Les Corts.

The club enjoyed another golden age during the 1940s and 1950s when players such as Ramallets, Velasco, César Rodrìguez, Joan Segarra, Ladislao Kubala and Luis Suárez saw the team win numerous trophies. By the late 1940s, FC Barcelona had outgrown Les Corts. The stadium had been extended on several occasions, reaching a final capacity of 60,000. However, there was no room for further expansion and in 1950 the club began to make plans for a new stadium, the Camp Nou.

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Coordinates: 41°23′09″N 2°08′08″E / 41.38583°N 2.13556°E / 41.38583; 2.13556