Catalans to play at the Camp Nou
Catalans Dragons are proud to announce they will play a Super League fixture at the Camp Nou on Saturday, May 18th, kick off at 4.30 pm.
10 years after having played at the Montjuic Olympic Stadium, the Dragons will return to Barcelona to play at the FC Barcelona’s stadium, one of the greatest stage in the world.
2018 Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons will face the Wigan Warriors, the Super League Champions.
After Wembley in August, the Dragons will play in May at the Camp Nou, the biggest stadium in Europe, a week before the Magic Weekend in another iconic Stadium, Anfield.
The Super League fixture between the Dragons and Wigan will be played on the same weekend than the Liga last round, with FC Barcelone playing away.
Bernard Guasch, Catalans Dragons chairman
“We are extremely proud to officially announce we will organize a Super League fixture at the Camp Nou. It’s an honor to play at the FC Barcelona Stadium and I think we do not realize yet the impact of this event for our club, our competition and our sport. The prospect of playing a game in one of the biggest stadiums in the world is exceptional and I would like to thanks the President Josep Maria Bartomeu for giving us this opportunity. I hope this game is the beginning of a great story between our two clubs. It will be an historic day for the Dragons and, few months after having won the Challenge Cup at Wembley, we’ll play two consecutive games at the Camp Nou and then at Anfield… It’s a great period for our club but also for French Rugby League.”
Josep Maria Bartomeu, FC Barcelona President
“Barça are very pleased to host this Super League game between the reigning champions of the two biggest rugby league competitions in Europe. This will be a grand game between two great teams, and I’m sure there will be a party atmosphere at the Camp Nou. I encourage the Dragons supporters to treat our stadium like their home and for Wigan and Barça fans to also share the experience of seeing rugby league played at the Camp Nou. Two seasons ago, our stadium hosted the final of French rugby union’s Top 14 between Toulon and Racing 92 and it was watched by 99,000 people. It was an amazing atmosphere that we hope to see repeated on May 18”.
Ian Lenagan, Wigan Warriors chairman
“This is landmark moment in Super League’s history, and we (Wigan Warriors) are extremely proud to play our part in making history. Having European rugby league’s two current title holders face each other in the iconic surroundings of the Camp Nou is a mouth-watering prospect and is one that I truly believe will be an historic occasion for the sport.
“I applaud Bernard Guasch and the Catalans Dragons for their ambition and innovative approach to growing the game and the profile of the BETFRED Super League. In the Dragons, we have an organisation who share Wigan Warriors approach to driving the growth of rugby league on the international stage.
“It’s a fantastic concept that will capture the imagination of sports fans across the continent of Europe, and I believe it will provide a shot in the arm for the new-era of Super League by underlining the competition’s ambition. I’m sure that the Wigan fans, who are famed for their loyal support as shown when a huge army of supporters travelled to Sydney for the World Club Challenge game with Sydney Roosters in 2014 and our recent New South Wales Tour in 2018, will travel in large numbers for this game. We’re extremely excited and delighted with today’s news.”