Barcelona hope to see the 99,354-capacity Nou Camp rocking for the ground-breaking Super League fixture between Catalans Dragons and Wigan.

The round-16 clash between the reigning champions and Challenge Cup holders will take place on Saturday, May 18 (kick-off 3.30pm UK time).

The Dragons agreed to move the fixture 120 miles from their Perpignan home at the invitation of FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu following their parading of the Challenge Cup during a LaLiga match at the Nou Camp in September.

Bartomeu said: "Barca are very pleased to host this Super League game between the reigning champions of the two biggest rugby league competitions in Europe.

"This will be a grand game between two great teams and I'm sure there will be a party atmosphere at the Camp Nou.

"I encourage the Dragons supporters to treat our stadium like their home and for Wigan and Barca fans to also share the experience of seeing rugby league played at the Camp Nou.

"Two seasons ago, our stadium hosted the final of French rugby union's Top 14 between Toulon and Racing 92 and it was watched by 99,000 people. It was an amazing atmosphere that we hope to see repeated on May 18."

The Catalans drew a crowd of 18,150 to Barcelona's Olympic Stadium for a Super League fixture with Warrington in 2009 and chairman Bernard Guasch is hoping the Nou Camp fixture will be the start of a relationship with the five-time Champions League winners.

Guasch said: "It's an honour to play at the FC Barcelona Stadium and I think we do not realise yet the impact of this event for our club, our competition and our sport.

"The prospect of playing a game in one of the biggest stadiums in the world is exceptional and I would like to thank the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, for giving us this opportunity.

"I hope this game is the beginning of a great story between our two clubs. It will be an historic day for the Dragons and, a few months after having won the Challenge Cup at Wembley, we'll play consecutive games at the Camp Nou and then at Anfield.

"It's a great period for our club but also for French Rugby League."

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, who attended a press conference at the Camp Nou alongside Gausch and Bartomeu, said: "This is a landmark moment in Super League's history and we are extremely proud to play our part in making history.

"Having European rugby league's two current title holders face each other in the iconic surroundings of the Camp Nou is a mouth-watering prospect and is one that I truly believe will be an historic occasion for the sport.

"It's a fantastic concept that will capture the imagination of sports fans across the continent of Europe and I believe it will provide a shot in the arm for the new era of Super League by underlining the competition's ambition."