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Barcelona's club members to vote on plan to remodel and enlarge Camp Nou

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BARCELONA, Spain - Barcelona will ask its club members to vote on a plan to remodel and enlarge the Camp Nou, making Europe's biggest stadium even more daunting for its rivals.

Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell said the club will hold a referendum for its members on April 5 or 6, coinciding with a home game.

Rosell said the club has discarded the option of building a completely new stadium.

Built in 1957 and enlarged in 1982, Camp Nou holds 98,000. The plan is to increase that to 105,000.

A new first tier would be constructed that is steeper in an effort to improve sightlines, and a club level between the first and second tiers would increase luxury seat capacity by 3,500 to 5,700.

The proposal also includes an indoor arena of 10,000-12,000 for Barcelona's basketball, handball and roller hockey teams to be built on the site of the current stadium for the Barcelona B soccer team, which would move its games to the club's training facility.

Barcelona calculates the cost at 600 million euros ($812 million). Construction would last from 2017-21, and the team would play in the stadium during construction with interior work done during the off-season.

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