Spanish giants Barcelona have confirmed that the club’s Camp Nou stadium is set to be under a new name next season, as the Blaugrana aim to do their part to raise funds in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 hits football hard
Barca’s initiative of course comes as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe.
As of this evening, over 2.5 million people have tested positive for the disease worldwide.
Of these individuals, just shy of 175,000 have sadly passed away.
The scale of the pandemic has understandably had major ramifications on society as a whole, with one area to have been hit hard coming in the form of the world of sport.
Top-level football has of course been brought to a near standstill, with all of the top-5 European leagues, along with the Champions League and Europa League, having been postponed for the time being.
Camp Nou to take on new name
These measures, though, have since seen the football world unite, to aid those in need wherever possible.
Players and clubs alike have taken it upon themselves to make use of their vast resources to lend a helping hand during the COVID-19 crisis.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,for example, are just two of the high-profile names to have forwarded massive donations to hospitals.
Premier League giants Arsenal and Chelsea, meanwhile, have donated tonnes of food and emergency supplies across London.
The Arsenal Foundation has delivered 15 tonnes of emergency supplies around Islington, including 30,000 free meals and sanitary and personal hygiene products to the most vulnerable parts of the community. pic.twitter.com/EbMpe7xcwW
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) April 10, 2020
And, as outlined above, the latest club to have pitched in with a superb gesture at this difficult time are Barcelona.
In a statement across their social media platforms a short time ago, the La Liga champions confirmed that they will be handing the naming rights for the Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season to the Barca Foundation.
In turn, this organisation will seek out a sponsor to take over the Camp Nou’s name for the coming year, with all revenue earned courtesy of the agreement set to be donated to the fight against COVID-19.
This will mark the first time in the Camp Nou’s 63-year history that the ground takes on a new name.
As per Barca’s statement on the matter, the club ‘have approved the ceding of the title rights to Camp Nou for the season 2020-2021 to the Barça Foundation to raise money to invest in research projects being carried out in Catalonia and the rest of the world involved in the fight against the effects of COVID-19.’
— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) April 21, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.