24 February, 2008
I experienced my first Spanish futbol match tonight in Camp Nou, with a win of 5-1. Xavi and Messi each had one goal for Barcelona and Eto'o sealed the deal with a hatrick. We also got to see the skills of Ronaldinho in person, but the best part of the match was just the atmosphere inside Camp Nou. As we walked to our seats, the first glimpse we got of the field was just amazing. I guess it's hard to grasp the scale of the building from the outside, and like any stadium the concrete interior that is packed with fans and concessions is somewhat dingy, but openings to the central space are what make it architecturally enticing, and programatically useful. In addition, the game seemed to bring everyone in that space together, no matter what language or nationality.