Barcelona's Camp Nou to host Copa del Rey final

Camp Nou

Barcelona will host the Copa del Rey final at the Camp Nou after Real Madrid rejected a proposal to hold the event at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Barcelona's Camp Nou has been named to host the Copa del Rey final between the Blaugrana and Athletic Club Bilbao after Real Madrid rejected a proposal to hold the event at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Since Barcelona beat Villarreal and Athletic Club beat Espanyol to reach the final, both sides and the RFEF have been searching for the ideal, neutral location to hold the event.

The most practical option was to hold the final at Real Madird's Santiago Bernabeu, as it would not only provide a completely neutral venue, but with the second-highest seating capacity in Spain, it would allow for optimum ticket sales and gate revenue, of which a portion would be given back to Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid refused on multiple occasions, using the excuse that they are performing upgrades to the stadium when many believe the reasons are much more personal.

Many fans have suggested that the politics of having a Catalan team facing a Basque team, two regions that desire independence from Spain, playing a King's Cup final at Real Madrid, General Franco's favourite club, was unthinkable.

Regardless of Real Madrid's reasons, the two clubs and the RFEF held a meeting on Wednesday evening and determined that the ideal location, with the optimum capacity would be Barcelona's Camp Nou.

"Camp Nou will be the venue for the final of the Spanish Cup which will be played on Saturday 30 May between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona. The Spanish Football Federation has made public the decision this Wednesday on where the final will take place," stated Barcelona on the club's website.

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