The Olympic Stadium Lluis Companys, known as Olympic Stadium Montjuïc before, is a stadium located in the city of Barcelona in the Montjuic mountain. It is also a part of so called Olympic Ring. The Stadium is a home to various indoor or outdoor sports facilities such as covered pools of Bernat Picornell or St. George's Palace, among others.
It was built between 1927-1929 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition held in the city in 1929. The architect was Pere Domènech i Roura, son of the great modernist architect Lluis Domenech i Muntaner. Subsequently, since the Spanish Civil War and years of dictatorship, the stadium had been heavily damageds, mainly due to lack of use and being an open space exposed to the weather. Thus, during the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, proceeded rebulding and renovation that was undertaken by the group of architects Correa-Milà-Margarit-Buxadé with the participation of Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti, who remodeled the facade and designed the whole interior once again. The stone gained during the renovation, from the mountain of Montjuïc, is currently used in the construction of the Sagrada Familia.
It has a total capacity of 55,926 spectators and accommodates a running track and a football pitch, including multipurpose structures. The Stadium was used during the Olympics in 1992, the Paralympics the same year and athletics championships 2010, among others. Since 1997 it is the official stadium of Club de Fútbol Espanyol, after the demolition of the Estadio Sarria that belonged to the club. It is one of the five five-star stadiums, qualified by UEFA to host sporting events.
In 2001 it was renamed to the Lluís Companys Stadium in honor to the President of the Generalitat, which was shot by Franco's firing squad in the same mountain in 1940.
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|Geographical coordinates||41.3647641, 2.1556142|
|Address||08038 Barcelona, Avinguda de l'Estadi 54|
|Construction dates||1927 - 1929|
|How to arrive?||official transport site|