The Camp Nou, stadium of FC Barcelona, would have hosted up to 21 matches of the first team before the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in situation of “risk” for the hobbyist and attending public due to various pathologies that the Board of Directors of the then president Josep Maria Bartomeu it did not solve or fix.
Information from ‘La Vanguardia’, based on reports from different engineering firms, points out that the Bartomeu Board knew in 2019 of the presence of up to 127 pathologies at the Camp Nou that put the public at risk, in 44 of them , by possibility of falling fragments of the stadium in transit areas.
Despite having these reports, originated when the Japanese company Nikken, winner of the contest to build the ‘Espai Barça’, inspected the Camp Nou to find out the real state of it, the previous Board did not act and allowed, on horseback 2019 and 2020, which will be played normally and with people in the stands those 21 games.
That report that Nikken delegated to ARUP engineering detected, in particular, 127 pathologies that required immediate action, among them the 44 that were a threat to the integrity and health of the fan, while another 190 pathologies were considered of “high severity” – 6 months maximum margin to act on them – and another 14 detected to fix in less one year.
It was the Management Commission led by Carles Tusquets, in the middle of the electoral process before the current president arrived in March, Joan Laporta, who began to do works in the Blaugrana fiefdom. The current Board has invested 1.8 million euros to solve 119 of those pathologies that would have prevented opening the fiefdom to the public, now that the pandemic, from this weekend, already allows the entry of one hundred percent of the capacity.