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Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys - Barcelona, Spain - Jan 2007.jpg
Former namesEstadio de Montjuic (1929–85)
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc (1989–2001)
LocationBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
OwnerAjuntament de Barcelona
Capacity60,713
Construction
Built1927
Opened20 May 1929
Renovated1985-89
ArchitectPere Domènech i Roura
Tenants
Barcelona Dragons (1991–92; 1995–2002)
RCD Espanyol (1997–2009)
FC Penger (2018-present)

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (Catalan pronunciation: [əsˈtaði uˈlimpiɡ ʎuˈis kumˈpaɲs], formerly known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc and Estadio de Montjuic) is a stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the city (and Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin), it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.[1] It is now used mainly as the home stadium of local amateur side FC Penger.

With its current capacity of 60,713 seats (67,007 during the 1992 Olympics), Estadi Lluís Companys is the 5th-largest stadium in Spain and the 2nd-largest in Catalunya.

The stadium is located in the Anella Olímpica, in Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of the city which overlooks the harbor.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Internal view of the stadium in 2014.

Designed by architect Pere Domènech i Roura for the 1929 Expo, the stadium was officially opened on 20 May 1929. Montjuïc hosted its first ever event, Spain's first official rugby international game against Italy.

It was meant to host the People's Olympiad in 1936, a protest event against the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, but the event had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.

In the fifties, the stadium was the centerpiece of the 1955 Mediterranean Games, and in 1957 it hosted the only national football cup Final between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, the two local clubs.

In the seventies the stadium was disused, and the stands deteriorated. When the Spanish Grand Prix and other races were held at the Montjuïc racing circuit, the stadium was used as a paddock for the teams. Due to safety concerns, the 1975 F1 race was nearly boycotted by drivers.

Due to the award of the 1992 Summer Olympics to Barcelona, the stadium was renovated with the involvement of Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti. The stadium was gutted, preserving only the original facades, and new grandstands were built. In 1989 the venue was re-inaugurated for the World Cup in Athletics, and three years later it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics competitions of the Olympic Games.[2]

The stadium served as the home of football club RCD Espanyol from 1997 until 2009. The Estadi Olímpic made its final La Liga appearance during the 2008-2009 season, as Espanyol moved to the newly constructed RCDE Stadium.

It also served as the home of the Barcelona Dragons American football team until 2002. Because the size of the playing surface was slightly shorter than the regulation American Football length, the stadium only had 7-yard end zones, three yards shorter than regulation NFL size in 1991 and 1992. They were later lengthened to the standard 10 yards. The stadium also played host to the National Football League's American Bowl in 1993 and in 1994. The San Francisco 49ers played the Pittsburgh Steelers on 1 August 1993. The second game was played on 31 July 1994 between the Los Angeles Raiders and the Denver Broncos.

In 2001, the stadium was renamed after the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya Lluís Companys, who was executed at the nearby Montjuïc Castle in 1940 by the Franco regime. In 2010, the stadium hosted the 20th European Athletics Championships.

On 20 October 2018, the stadium management agreed with FC Penger over the use of the stadium, and now the stadium acts as the home field for the 2019-20 season.

Events[edit]

Interior of venue during the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

Sports[edit]

Football[edit]

Music[edit]

Date Nacionality Artist Tour Openeing Act Attendance Revenue
October 7, 1989 Spanish Mecano Tour 1989 La Unión
August 1, 1990 American Madonna Blond Ambition World Tour
July 25, 1990 American Prince Nude Tour 49,455 / 49,455
October 6, 1993 French Jean‐Michel Jarre Europe in Concert El Último de la Fila
July 27, 1994 British Pink Floyd The Division Bell Tour
June 13, 1995 American Bon Jovi These Days Tour Crown of Thorns
September 13, 1997 Irish U2 Popmart Tour Placebo 60,096 / 60,096 $2,281,165
July 20, 1998 British The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon Tour Hothouse Flowers 52,375 / 52,375 $2,464,319
May 17, 2003 American Bruce Springsteen The Rising Tour
June 21, 2003 American Metallica European Tour 2003
June 29, 2003 British The Rolling Stones Licks World Tour
July 2, 2003 Spanish El Canto del Loco

La Oreja de Van Gogh

MoviStar Activa
June 21, 2007 British The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang Tour Biffy Clyro
June 30, 2007 Mexican RBD Celestial World Tour Diego Boneta
September 27, 2007 British The Police Reunion Tour Fiction Plane 54,553 / 54,553 $5,554,320
June 1, 2008 American Bon Jovi Lost Highway Tour NoWayOut, Sabia 46,255 / 46,255 $4,046,421
June 7, 2009 Australian AC/DC Black Ice Tour The Answer 64,196 / 64,376 $5,906,138
July 21, 2009 American Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour Paul Oakenfold 44,811 / 44,811 $5,010,557
September 4, 2009 British Coldplay Viva la Vida Tour The Flaming Lips 63,306 / 64,376 $4,554,068
December 3, 2009 British The Prodigy European Stadium Tour Enter Shikari
December 4, 2009 American Marilyn Manson The High End of Low Tour esOterica
April 9, 2011 American We Are Scientists Brain Thrust Mastery Tour Els Pets
May 29, 2011 Colombian Shakira The Sun Comes Out World Tour 32,012 / 33,887 $2,994,989
July 27, 2011 American Bon Jovi Live 2011 The Rebels 39,992 / 39,992 $3,021,325
May 17, 2012 American Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Tour 79,430 / 86,000 $6,692,818
May 18, 2012
June 7, 2013 British Muse The 2nd Law World Tour You Don't Know Me
July 8, 2014 British One Direction Where We Are Tour 5 Seconds of Summer, Abraham Mateo 40,333 / 40,333 $3,391,560
May 29, 2015 Australian AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour Vintage Trouble 60,000 / 60,000
May 26, 2016 British Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour Alessia Cara

Lianne La Havas

111,261 / 111,261 $9,734,130
May 27, 2016
August 3, 2016 American Beyoncé The Formation World Tour Chloe x Halle 45,346 / 45,346 $4,806,995
July 18, 2017 Irish U2 The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 54,551 / 54,551 $5,930,076
September 27, 2017 British The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour Los Zigarros 58,622 / 58,622 $8,769,703
June 20, 2018 American Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour DNCE
July 1, 2018 American Guns N' Roses Not in this Lifetime Tour Volbeat, Nothing More 48,649 / 48,649 $4,370,000
July 11, 2018 American Jay-Z & Beyoncé On The Run II Tour 46,982 / 46,982 $4,733,549
May 5, 2019 American Metallica Worldwired Tour Ghost, Bokassa 51,799 / 53,760 $5,285,919
June 7, 2019 British Ed Sheeran Divide Tour Anne-Marie, James Bay 54,658 / 54,658 $4,126,520

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Report of the XXV Games of the Olympiad Barcelona 1992; Volume II; p.127" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008.
  2. ^ 1992 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 160-7.
  3. ^ a b Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5); Chapter 6, Gathering Storms, p129

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Seoul Olympic Stadium
Seoul
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

1992
Succeeded by
Centennial Olympic Stadium
Atlanta
Preceded by
Seoul Olympic Stadium
Seoul
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

1992
Succeeded by
Centennial Olympic Stadium
Atlanta
Preceded by
Ullevi
Gothenburg
European Athletics Championships
Main Venue

2010
Succeeded by
Olympiastadion
Helsinki
Preceded by
Moncton Stadium
Moncton
IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics
Main Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Hayward Field
Eugene

Coordinates: 41°21′53.14″N 2°9′20.37″E / 41.3647611°N 2.1556583°E / 41.3647611; 2.1556583