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At the Games of the XXVth Olympiad, the Palau d’Esports de Barcelona (an indoor sports arena) was the venue for the rhythmic gymnastics events and the elimination rounds of the volleyball competition. To bring the facility up to standard for the Olympic Games, the Organising Committee for the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games (COOB’92) increased the venue’s capacity and adapted it to various Olympic requirements. This included the installation of seating in the stands made from concrete and also of offices in the side corridors. Located at the foot of Montjuïc hill, the street of its northern façade was dedicated in 1979 to the historic Spanish Olympic gymnast Joaquim Blume. Designed by the architect Josep Soteras, its floor plan is square (80x80m) and it is completely built from reinforced concrete. It was opened in 1955 for the Mediterranean Games and was remodelled in 1986 to host the 10th FIBA World Championship. During the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, 674 members of staff were allocated to the venue, 599 of whom were volunteers.

After completion of the Palau Sant Jordi (an indoor sports arena), the Palau d’Esports de Barcelona became less significant, and the space was gradually turned into a large theatre. As a theatre, it was extensively refurbished in 2001 and its capacity was reduced to 1,850 spectators. The levels of comfort and acoustics were also improved. It was subsequently renamed Barcelona Teatre-Musical.

Selected resources

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.

AOMSA: l’Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc

Anella Olímpica, S.A. (1990): AOMSA: l’Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc. Barcelona: Ajuntament de Barcelona.

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.