Lionel Messi On Hand As Barcelona Opens Johan Cruyff Stadium
Barcelona "officially opened" Johan Cruyff Stadium on Tuesday with a match between its U19s and Ajax's youth team, two of the clubs the late Cruyff represented during an "esteemed career." Barça also unveiled a statue of the Dutchman, who played for and managed the club, outside Camp Nou. The new venue's capacity is 6,000 and it will be the home of Barca B, the women's team and "the U19s when they play in the UEFA Youth League." Those teams had previously played their home matches at the Mini Estadi, which is located next to Camp Nou. Current players Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto stood in the center circle prior to Tuesday's match as Cruyff's son, Jordi, "took a ceremonial kickoff" (ESPN.com, 8/28).