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You’ve set your heart on going to Barcelona and watching the most exciting forward line in European football, how can you then ensure that you avoid the hiccups and the nightmare stories often recounted and that you go away having enjoyed a truly memorable experience.
We will take you through a step-by-step guide to making the most of the trip and of course, we welcome views and opinions from fellow fans.
Barcelona has a capacity of close to 100,000 so there is no need to worry about getting a ticket for the game unless your plan is to see a special match, be it the El Classico against Real Madrid or a top European clash.
Each game is given a category going from D up to A and A+ with the prices rising accordingly.
The official Barça site has a list of each game and its price.
Members (socios) have special benefits in that they can buy tickets for any game from the start of the season while other fans must wait till a month beforehand to buy tickets over the internet, or just 15 days beforehand via other methods. Also, members get a discount of up to 20 percent on matches.
Of course, an alternative method of getting a ticket is through a tout and although this isn’t always advisable if you know what you are doing you can get a bargain. On matchdays, you find a number of often elderly men amongst the hard-nosed touts who basically are club members and have an extra ticket which they are looking to offload. If you are adept at haggling you can end up with a fairly decent deal – the chances of this though obviously depend on the importance of the game being played. Tickets rise into the hundreds and even thousands of key matches but I know of one fan who waited five minutes after kick-off for a Barcelona v Real Madrid match and bought a ticket for 50 euros.
Obviously, it is best though to try and arrange your ticket well in advance of your trip to Barcelona, but one of the major headaches for fans is that in Spain they don’t announce the kick-off times for matches until a week or so beforehand, so this can make booking a flight a nightmare. A weekend trip isn’t so easy to arrange if the match ends up being played at 9 pm on Sunday evening and you have to be in work the following day!
To make the most of your trip you should really make a point to visit the club’s museum and take a tour of the Camp Nou, which is possible most days of the year. The museum is open all days of the week, also weekends, but check the current prices and opening times here. Generally, clubs in Spain are more accessible than for example in the UK and press can cover training most days while fans also get the chance to watch every now and again as well.