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Watch a Barcelona Match at Camp Nou
Get to the stadium very early (obviously)
It'll give you time to find your seats and the way in, as well as savour the atmosphere and take your obligatory pictures. We last got tickets for Gate 88, Entrance 2 with seats in the lower tier right behind one of the goals. This can be great for getting a close-up view of Messi or Neymar scoring, but you'll need to be fortunate that the main action, or some at least, takes place down your end.
Put your tickets on your smartphone
This saves any worry about losing them or paper print-outs. If you're worried about losing your phone, then you can always get a print-out too. You can also store up to four tickets on your phone if you're getting the tickets for friends too. Entrance to the stadium was easy, with the security staff just checking your phone.
Which match to go for?
It can be a good idea to see a match against a middle rank team: the ticket price won't be the highest, you should get goals, but a competitive match all the same.
Which seats to go for?
Get seats behind the goal or up high for good views; also if you go later in the year be aware that it gets cold in the stadium, especially as you're open to the elements. It can be warm but chilly when the sun sets in November-March time.
Do the club tour
Do it before your match, but not on the matchday as the tour isn't open then. That way you'll know where to head for the big game. It'll also whet the appetite for seeing Messi & Co. The club trophy cabinets are vast so ensure there's plenty of room for pictures on your phone/camera. You get to go down to pitch level, see the changing rooms and TV camera views from up high. It'll take around 40 minutes to go around everything, at least.
It can be a cheap option for accommodation, especially if there's a group of you going. If you stay in one of the central flats available for rent, be wary of the strict noise restrictions late at night around town. We've heard tales of groups of (no doubt rowdy) Brits being turfed out of their apartments by the local authorities.