Copa del Rey final to be played at Nou Camp

The Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will be played at Barca’s Nou Camp stadium on May 30.

Barca and Bilbao wanted to play the match at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium as a neutral venue, but Real declined to make the 81,000-capacity arena available.

Representatives from the two finalists met with Spanish football federation (RFEF) officials on Wednesday and the federation decided to stage the final at the Nou Camp, which holds almost 100,000 spectators, for the first time since 2010.

Stadiums in Bilbao, Valencia and Sevilla were also considered by the RFEF.

Barcelona, who are in with a chance of repeating 2009’s historic treble of Champions League and Spanish league and Cup, have won the King’s Cup a record 26 times, with Bilbao second on 23 and Real, the holders, third on 19.