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The Organising Committee’s original budget was estimated at 73.25 billion Pesetas in 1983, though it was set at 106.72 billion Pesetas (€641.4 million euro) in 1985. Adjusted in line with standard inflation, the latter figure amounted to 153.92 billion Pesetas (€925 million) in 1992.

Most of the budget (58%) was allocated to the organisation of the Olympic Games. The rest was allocated to the Organising Committee’s participation in facilities (18%, mostly sporting), to refurbishing/fitting-out various areas (14%) and to imponderables (10%). The prime objective of the economic model was that the Olympic Games should be self-funding and have a considerable involvement of local businesses. The budget’’s configuration, which was considered to have been successfully tailored in the final balance sheet, had been based on forecasts made by studying the results of earlier Olympic events.

In terms of income that COOB’92 (Organising Committee for the Barcelona Olympic Games) received, sponsorship and licences amounted to €358.72 million (59.68 billion Pesetas), television broadcast rights to €337.55 million (56.16 billion Pesetas), participations and collections to €278.56 million (46.34 billion Pesetas), Olympic Family accommodation and services to €143.32 million (23.84 billion Pesetas), ticket sales to €56.81 million (9.45 billion Pesetas) and asset sales to €12.58 million (2.09 billion Pesetas).

It was felt that the total economic returns could only be recorded many years after the Olympic Games, bearing in mind that the celebration of the XXVth Olympiad would bring a series of social and cultural benefits that could only be valued in the medium and long terms.

Selected resources

Memoria oficial de los Juegos de la XXVa Olimpíada : Barcelona 1992. Vol. 2. Los medios

COOB’92 (1992): Memoria oficial de los Juegos de la XXVa Olimpíada : Barcelona 1992. Vol. 2. Los medios. Barcelona : COOB’92.

La organización de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona’92: un ejemplo de economía mixta o de sociedad pública-privada

Solé Tura, Jordi; Joan Subirats (1994): La organización de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona’92: un ejemplo de economía mixta o de sociedad pública-privada. Barcelona: Centre d’Estudis Olímpics (CEO-UAB)

Economía de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona 1992

Economía de los Juegos Olímpicos de Barcelona 1992 / Ferran Brunet. Lausanne : Comité Olímpico Internacional, cop. 1994

Els Jocs Olímpics com a generadors d’inversió (1986-1992)

HOLSA (1992): Els Jocs Olímpics com a generadors d’inversió (1986-1992). Barcelona: HOLSA.

In the repository

In the Municipal Contemporary Archive, you can consult the administrative and management documentation generated on this topic by the Organising Committee Barcelona’92, SA (COOB’92), Holding Olímpic SA (HOLSA), Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc SA (AOMSA) (Olympic ring), Vila Olímpica SA (VOSA) (Olympic village) and the Institut Municipal de Promoció Urbanística SA (IMPUSA) (municipal Institute of urban development).

If you need further information on the collection, read the collection guide.

In the library

In the libraries of the study centres of the Barcelona Olympic Foundation (FBO) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) you can find the selection of listed documents and other bibliographic materials on the subject.

If you are interested in knowing more about our Olympic collection, you can consult the Union Catalogue of Catalan Universities (UAB collection) or contact us by e-mail (FBO collection).

Sports in pictures

If you are interested in images of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of Barcelona’92, the Image Service of the Olympic Foundation of Barcelona will help you identify the images that satisfy your needs.

The Foundation manages the official image archive of the Barcelona’92 Games. You can contact them by email to request more information about the services provided and the collection of images. In this page, we offer a selection of images on the event.