Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic, Barcelona
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (or Barcelona Olympic Stadium) was built in 1927 for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition (and for Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin). It was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics, and it was here the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics competitions were held.
The stadium is named after Lluís Companys i Jover, who was the president of the Catalan government during the Spanish Civil War, and was executed in 1940 by the Franco regime. The capacity is 55,926 (67,007 during the 1992 Olympics), and it has served as home ground for RCD Espanyol from 1997 to 2009, hosted the 20th European Athletics Championships in 2010 – and been the spot for many concerts during the years.
A small part of Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is open for visit (for free), and gives you a good view of the stadium. Here are also the cauldron for the Olympic flame, a souvenir shop, and a restaurant.
The Olympic Stadium was built for the Olympic Games of 1936 that never took place because of the civil war. They kept the neoclassical façade and built it again for the 1992 Olympic Games and it’s the home of Espanyol, a much smaller team than Barca that happens to win Barca from time to time! It’s much more easier to find tickets for a football match here of course. There’s no entrance fee to see the stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 77.000 seats.
I saw many people around the stadium (inside Montjuic in general) running up and down. We as normal tourists felt enough tired already just walking around for so many hours every day :)
By the way many rock festivals take place here in summer months. Our trip in may 2012 was because of Bruce Springsteen concert there, pic 3 shows the stadium early in the afternoon, some hours before the show start…
The Barcelona Olympic stadium was the venue for the 1992 Olympic games. Today it is open to visitors to take a look around and see where all the action took place. We stopped here on our coach trip to Barcelona from Salou long enough to take a few photos.
Another fantastic place to go and see,this city is full of them ....In the Olympics of 1992,(Great Britains finest!!) This was puposely built for those games,the pool is still being used as is this stadium.Espanyol play here,the facilities are looking a bit tatty now,could do with a lick of paint here and there.
I first really learned about Barcelona during the '92 Olympics, so it was natural to visit the stadium, and walk around Montjuic too. You're able to walk right into the stadium. The soccer club was just starting practice when I was there. Good thing too-an empty stadium can be a little boring!
The one view I really wanted to find was from the diving arena-the city view was so great on TV during the games. I found it by accident, but the arena wasn't open. Even behind the gates, it was a good view.
The Estadi Olimpic was inaugurated in 1929. Today it can contains 50000 spectators. The "old" part of the Stadium was totally rebuilt for the Olympic Games in 1992.
The façade still remembers the origin of the arena. In the back of the Stadium there is the "Galeria Olimpica", that narrates with videos, posters and images the history of the Olympic Games of 1992.
This is the landscape you can have after enter the olympic square. The Olympic "circuit" consists of the Olympic Stadium, the Palace Sport The Palau Sant Jordi and the public swimming-pool, indoor and outdoor called Piscines Bernat Martoll.
The Estadi Olimpic was built for the 1929 Universal Exposition. Its opening football (soccer) match was a victory for the Catalan side against Bolton Wanderers--little known fact I got from my guidebook. It remained open until the Mediterranean Games in 1955, then fell into disrepair. Extensive works for the 1992 Olympics involved lowering the arena by 11 meters to creat the extra seating needed for 55,000 spectators. Most of the track and field events and teh opening and closing ceremonies were held here (remember the archer lighting the torch way above the stadium?).
Today the stadium is used for mutiple events. Here you see it being prepared for an event sponsored by "La Caixa" a large Barcelona bank.
This is for football fans who also like to combine some sightseeing together with their football matches. The Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic is now the home of the Barcelona Dragons - if you feel like watching a match - but before it was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and the track and field competition for the 1992 Olympics.
For some sports-related culture you can visit the Olympic museum and gallery under the south-east corner of the stadium
Equipment: anything blue and white - the colours of the Barcelona Dragons
The Estadi Olimpic was the venue for the 1992 Olympic games and is now one of the most popular athletic facilities in Barcelona, and is open to visitors to take a look around and see where all the action took place. The Stadium is actually a redesigned version of a previous one that was located at the site since 1929. The Olympic Stadium also hosts a variety of events, both athletic and social. Nowadays Espanyol from the Spanish First Division play football matches at the stadium.
The home of RCD Espanyol.
Built in 1929 and renovated for the Olympic games in 1992. It has seating capacity of 56,000.
I managed to get into the ground as they were preparing to play American football, Barcelona Dragons.
The stadium seems small when you enter it, but it does have a 65,000 capacity. The stadium was in fact built and opened in 1929, and was totally restored for the Olympics. The dish holding the Olympic flame is a little disappointing, and has the added issue that the archer who was to set it alight actually missed it. However the organising committee considered this and it was so full of gas that the arrow had to passwithin 2 metres to set it alight. The world saw the flame lighting!
The stadium is now the ground of Espanyol FC.
Here plays the second team of the city, RCD Espanyol. This stadium was inaugurated in 1922 and renovated in 1992 for the Olympics Games.
Capacity: 56,000 seats
Pitch dimensions: 105*67
Real name: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Barcelona's got two main football teams, Barcelona FC & the Espanyol. The Espanyol's Stadium is at the top of Montjuic, next to the Palau St. Jordi. The location is great & you get a breathtaking view of BCN from up there.
This is the Olympic torch as lit for the duration of the Games,I tried to get a photo of the torch with the sun behind to show it "lit".