Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Main entrance, with the multi-sport pavilion at the right side
|Location||Sant Joan Despí
|Construction cost||€77.5 million|
|C.E. Joan Gamper|
The Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (Catalan pronunciation: [siwˈtat əspurˈtiβə ʒuˈaŋ ɡəmˈpe]) is the training ground and academy base of Catalan football club, FC Barcelona, it was officially opened on 1 June 2006, and was named in honor of Joan Gamper, founder of the club.
Located in Sant Joan Despí and covering 162.905 m2 it is used since 2006 for youth team training and matches and since January 2009 for the first team training. It is also used by many of the other sports teams at the club including Basketball, Handball and Futsal who use facilities such as the multi-sports pavilion. Now that this facility is fully operational, all the youth teams that previously used the Camp Nou facilities, mainly the Mini Estadi and the Palau Blaugrana, train there.
FC Barcelona's football first team moved to this facility on 19 January 2009. This brought to an end a 30-year history that the first team had of training on the small pitch (known as the La Masia pitch) annexed to the Camp Nou. The first team facilities are the same as those at the Camp Nou and at the start of the 2009/2010 season it included a full pool and saunas for player recuperation.
The land occupied by the Ciutat Esportiva was purchased by the club in 1989 and is just 4.5 km away from the Camp Nou and is directly connected by the road between Barcelona and Sant Joan Despí.
The Ciutat Esportiva eventually cost 68 million euros, of which 25.6 corresponded to urbanization and 42.5 to the total construction costs. The club sold two plots of land, the first on 21 June 2002 and the second on 20 February 2003, for values of 29.7 and 15.9 million euros, respectively to cover part of the costs of the operation. The rest of the money was invested directly by the club, an amount of 22.5 million euros.
- 5 grass pitches.
- 4 Fieldturf pitches (3 regular-sized and 1 mini-football pitch) .
- 3 multi-sport pavilion (basketball, handball and futsal)
- 1 grandstand building by pitch 1.
- 1 service building (including team catering areas).
- 3 Gymnasiums.
- 2 Press Areas.
- 4 First Aid areas.
- 1 dressing room building.
- Different training areas for goalkeepers and technical aspects.
- 2011 saw the construction of the new La Masia building to house all of FC Barcelona's youth teams, it can also be used by first team and national teams for training camps.
- In 2012, FieldTurf Poligras (Iberica division of FieldTurf) which has been working with Barcelona for 20 years installed 4 of its latest state-of-the-art FieldTurf Optimum 63 solution in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper featuring durable fibres surrounded by a patented mixture of silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill material.
- A pool and saunas area built for recuperation of injuries.
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