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Every week, someone asks about FC Barcelona.
Where to buy tickets? How to buy tickets? When will the fixtures come out for the next season? What are the best seats? Are the dates fixed or should changes be expected? Where can tickets be picked up ? Is a credit card or ID required for pick-up?
And those are only some of the questions asked by people interested in seeing a match! TA members also ask about touring Camp Nou and seeing the football museum.
Sometimes, Servicaixa has a special offer and Camp Nou Tour tickets are sold online at a 25% discount. The FC Barcelona website is very user-friendly and highly recommended for Camp Nou Tour planning.
Where and how to buy match tickets?
A comprehensive guide for purchasing match tickets is available on the club's official website
You can also very easily purchase tickets from www.ticketmaster.es
Sometimes, Servicaixa has a special offer for selected matches and tickets are sold online at a discount. You only need to be a member of Club Servicaixa to avail such discounts. Registration for this is free and can be easily completed within 5-10 minutes. So, make sure you check the Servicaixa website first if you plan to book your tickets through other official channels.
Children under 8 years have free entrance to the Camp Nou for watching the matches if they are accompanied by a paying adult. But the kids do not get a separate seat for themselves. If you do want a separate seat for children under 8, you'll have to pay the same amount as that for an adult ticket.
How to pick up tickets
Use one of the many Caixa terminals located in Barcelona (or in other Spanish cities) to print out your tickets. Make sure to bring the same credit card which you used for the original purchase.
If you prefer to get your tickets at Camp Nou on the day of the match, make sure to bring your credit card, photo ID and the record locator. The record locator is a reference number which you receive by email as proof of the transaction. If there is a problem with the credit card, the attendant can retrieve your tickets using the record locator.
How to pick up tickets without an ID
When will the league fixtures come out for the next season?
The fixtures for a particular season are normally revealed by the 2nd or the 3rd week of July. So, for the 2012-13 season, the fixtures will come out in the month of July 2012. When the fixtures are first released, they only give you an idea of the probable day and date for each game. Dates and match times are finalized about 10 days prior to the game being played. It's always better to make your travel arrangements assuming that the game you want to watch will be played either on Saturday or Sunday (or in very rare cases, the Monday of the following week). There could also be mid-week games scheduled during the course of a season. These are played on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
What are the best seats?
Strictly speaking, the presidential box has the best seats in the house :) But, if you are not an invitee of someone on the club's board or a very very famous person, the next best seats are located in the Grandstand or the area exactly opposite to it, the Lateral. The Grandstand is the part of the stadium which has the players entrance tunnel underneath. The substitutes and coaching staff also have their seats on the Grandstand side of the pitch. So, if you get a seat here (especially on a lower tier of the stand), you can see all the players and coaches from close quarters as they make their way out on the pitch.
One TA member has season tickets and attends the games regularly. According to him, "Zone 3XX has better views than 2XX, but don't expect a big activity, cos barça supporters are usually quiet. The best cost/view ratio zone is on the 3rd stand, lower seat lines on lateral side close to midfield line (zones 4XX)."
How do I get to the Camp Nou?
The easiest and fastest way to get to the stadium is to take the metro. You can get off at various stations on the L3 metro depending on the access gate printed on your ticket. Get off at 'Les Corts' if your access gate is between 16-21 (also OK for 14 and 15) or at 'Maria Cristina' for access gates 1-6 (also OK for 7-9) or at 'Palau Reial' for access gates 7-15 (also OK for 4-6).
After the match, how do I get back?
People taking the metro green line (L3) should use the Palau Reial station (it's fastest to walk through the stadium's inside corridors). This will give you quick access to the metro and you might even find a seat.
Take care if the match is scheduled for 21.30 on a Sunday. The last metro & buses from the Camp Nou area stop running at midnight. With the number of people using public transport, it can take a while to get through to the platform.
How to re-sell tickets in case I can't go to the match?