Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys

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]

The stadium has a capacity of 60,713 (67,007 during the 1992 Olympics), and is located in the Anella Olímpica, in Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of the city which overlooks the harbor.

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Estadi Companys
Former namesEstadio de Montjuic (1929–85)
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc (1989–2001)
LocationBarcelona, 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)

History

Barcelona Olympic Stadium (Inside)
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.

Events

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
Interior of venue during the 2010 European Athletics Championships.

Sports

Football

Spain national team matches
Date Opponent Score Competition
1 January 1930  Czechoslovakia 1–0 Friendly match
26 April 1931  Republic of Ireland 1–1 Friendly match
23 February 1936  Germany 1–2 Friendly match
30 May 1948  Republic of Ireland 2–1 Friendly match
2 January 1949  Belgium 1–1 Friendly match
29 March 2000  Italy 2–0 Friendly match
13 February 2002  Portugal 1–1 Friendly match
18 February 2004  Peru 2–1 Friendly match
Andorra national team matches
Date Opponent Score Competition
9 June 1999  France 0–1 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
28 March 2007  England 0–3 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
6 September 2008  England 0–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Music

Muse concert in Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona - Start
English band Muse performing during their 2013 tour

The stadium has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including Coldplay, Muse, AC/DC,Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Deftones, Fiction Plane, Guns N' Roses, Michael Jackson, Jean Michel Jarre, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Madonna, Shakira, Metallica, Mudvayne, Pink Floyd, The Police, Prince & The New Power Generation, RBD, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Sting, Tina Turner, U2, Beyoncé and Van Halen, among others.MBE Chris Pickford 2018

References

  1. ^ "Official Report of the XXV Games of the Olympiad Barcelona 1992; Volume II; p.127" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-05-28.
  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
  4. ^ "AC / DC smashes Montjuïc". Elperiodico.com. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  5. ^ "The Queen of Pop - conquest Barcelona". Cope.es. Retrieved 2011-09-24.

External links

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

1992 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics took place at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, Spain, on 9 August 1992.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's 10,000 metres

The men's 10,000 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 July. Mo Farah won the gold medal.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's hammer throw

The men's hammer throw at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 and 28 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's long jump

The men's long jump at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 30 July and 1 August.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2010 European Athletics Championships will be held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 29 and 31 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's shot put

The men's shot put at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 30 and 31 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's triple jump

The men's triple jump at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 and 29 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's 10,000 metres

The women's 10,000 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 28 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's 1500 metres

The women's 1500 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships will be held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 30 July and 1 August.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's 400 metres

The women's 400 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 28 and 30 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's 5000 metres

The women's 5000 metres at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 1 August.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's discus throw

The women's discus throw at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 and 28 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's hammer throw

The women's hammer throw at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 28 and 30 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's javelin throw

The women's javelin throw at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 and 29 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's long jump

The women's long jump at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 27 and 28 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's pole vault

The women's pole vault at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 28 and 30 July.

2010 European Athletics Championships – Women's triple jump

The women's triple jump at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 29 and 31 July.

2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Women's 3000 metres

The women's 3000 metres at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics will be held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 10 July.

Netherlands at the 2010 European Athletics Championships

The Netherlands were represented by 36 athletes at the 2010 European Athletics Championships held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, Spain from 27 July to 1 August 2010.

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