Direct access to content

The Estadi del RCD Espanyol (RCD Espanyol football club Stadium) in the Sarrià district of Barcelona was one of the five Olympic football competition venues. Built in 1923 and extended in 1926, it was an isolated building which, during the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, had a capacity for 42,000 spectators. It had two lateral grandstands, each with two tiers, and a stand behind both goals. A total of five football tournament heats were played there. A number of renovation works were carried out on the stadium to bring it up to standard to meet Olympic requirements. This led to greater capacity and security, an upgraded press area and other sport-related improvements. All of these remodelling works were funded by COOB’92 (Organising Committee for the Barcelona Olympic Games) and the stadium was still used for other sporting events until 1997.

In 1997, RCD Espanyol sold the land and, subsequently, several residential buildings and a multiplex cinema were built on it. Now there are public gardens where the stadium’s pitch used to be. Scenes of the stadium being demolished in September 1997 were shown live on television. Between 1997 and 2009, RCD Espanyol played its home matches at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium). In 2009, the football club’s new home, the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat (Cornellà-El Prat Stadium), was officially opened.

Seleción de fuentes

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

Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities

COOB’92 (1990): Instal·lacions de competició = Instalaciones de competición = Installation compétition = Competition facilities. Barcelona: COOB’92.

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada

Barcelona Olímpica : la ciudad renovada. Barcelona: Holsa; Àmbit, 1992. 

Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92

Guevara, M. Teresa (1990): Barcelona: la ciutat i el 92. Barcelona: Olimpíada Cultural.

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.