Barcelona’s Camp Nou will be the venue for a Super League game between Rugby clubs Wigan Warriors and Catalan Dragons on Saturday.
Although exertions on the pitch could result in its damage, the club’s football side will have no cause to play there until July when they host Chelsea and Vissel Kobe in friendlies.
The game between the Rugby sides came about after Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu was in attendance when the Dragons emerged victoriously in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley last year.
He then proceeded to invite the victorious players for a trophy parade at the Camp Nou at half-time during Barcelona’s Catalan derby game against Girona in September 2018.
The Chairman of Dragons Rugby team Bernard Guasch in an interview with Forbes spoke about Bartomeu stating that he was “surprised to see a lot of Catalan flags in the stands and to hear the Catalan anthem Els Segadors sung. Catalan culture is something really important at Barcelona, and in particular for their chairman.”
The game to be hosted at the Camp Nou is expected to have around 30,000 attendees in the 99.354 capacity stadium, possibly breaking the Super League attendance record.
It can be recalled that the two clubs previously faced each other at Millwall’s Den in 2015, being cheered by about 8,000 fans.