Yesterday's board of directors meeting brought the long-awaited confirmation: August 27 is the date when Estadi Johan Cruyff opens its doors. Rival on the day will be Ajax, the most fitting one.
It was already discussed for some time and on Monday afternoon we received the necessary confirmation: Estadi Johan Cruyff will be inaugurated on Tuesday, August 27. FC Barcelona's U19 team will face Ajax's youth squad, befitting the stadium's role as anciliary and youth facility.
Details of the inauguration are to be announced in upcoming days but we already know that the event will begin on 7pm with community attractions. The game itself will follow on 9pm.
Ajax is quite simply the only possible team to come and honour this occasion. After all, the stadium will celebrate legendary player of both clubs, Johan Cruyff. While in Amsterdam his name is spelled Cruijff, Barcelona went for the international version.
Blaugrana will celebrate the player in one more way, on August 26. On that day Cruyff's monument will be revealed at Camp Nou.
While it's considered part of the Espai Barca conversion, Barcelona's new stadium wasn't built within the complex beside Camp Nou. Instead, it's located in the Sant Joan Despí district, where FCB have their training academy.
Construction on the 6,000-seater was launched in mid-September of 2017 and was due for completion last year. It was extender, however, with a summer opening in mind. The new stadium will replace Mini Estadi, current underused secondary stadium for Barcelona.