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The Barcelona’92 Olympic Games had 15 sub-host cities, where the out-of-Barcelona venues for nine official sports were located:

  • Basketball (Badalona)
  • Baseball (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat and Viladecans)
  • Boxing (Badalona)
  • Football (Sabadell, Zaragoza and Valencia)
  • Handball (Granollers)
  • Hockey (Terrassa)
  • Canoe sprint and slalom (Castelldefels and La Seu d’Urgell)
  • Rowing (Banyoles)
  • Archery (Mollet del Vallès)
  • Roller hockey was a demonstration sport that was also played at several sub-host cities (Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Reus and Vic).

On the basis of a specific plan that had been drawn up for out-of-Barcelona venues, seven new sports facilities were developed and three underwent remodelling works. Thus, the Games of the XXVth Olympiad involved a process of sporting and urban development in many places throughout Catalonia besides Barcelona, especially in cities with specific sporting traditions, such as hockey in Terrassa and basketball in Badalona. The success of the Olympic sub-host city model of the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games was put down to the good relationships between the participating City Councils and the excitement generated among fans of the sports hosted at each out-of-Barcelona venue. In addition, specific athletes’ residences were created in Banyoles and La Seu d’Urgell, which explains the differences in levels of investment: sub-host cities with residences received a total of €185 million (30.93 billion Pesetas) while the remaining sub-host cities received €92 million (15.41 billion Pesetas).

Selected sources

Los escenarios

COOB’92 (1992): “Los escenarios”, Memoria oficial de los Juegos de la XXV Olímpiada, Barcelona 1992. Vol.2. Los medios : objetivos, recursos y escenarios. Barcelona: COOB’92, pp. 127-337

Les Ciutats de Barcelona'92

Campillo, Josep Manuel (1991): Les Ciutats de Barcelona’92. Barcelona ; COOB’92: Diputació de Barcelona.

Subseus olímpiques = Subsedes olímpicas

COOB’92 (1990-1992?): Subseus olímpiques = Subsedes olímpicas [publicació en sèrie]. [Barcelona]: Coordinació Subseus Olímpiques del COOB’9

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.