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The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, inaugurated in 1923, after its reconstruction was called Estadio Luis Casanova, between 1969 and 1994, in honor of a former president of the Club. It operated as subsite for the football matchesin Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games. The preliminary matches and a quarterfinals and a semifinals match were played there. Football matches were also played in the Sabadell and Zaragoza subsites.

During the Games the stadium had a capacity for 42,300 spectators and, after its recent expansion, now it fits 55,000 spectators. The COOB’92 made several improvements to the stadium for the football tournament, as reforms in nursing and doping control, locker rooms, press spaces, signaling and safety systems.

Valencia is 350 km southwest of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast. It is the third largest city in Spain and the capital of the Valencian Community. It was founded in Roman times but didn’t gain importance until the Middle Ages, thanks to the development of agriculture, encouraged by the Arabs.

Its economy is based on agriculture and the industries created during the twentieth century, especially metallurgical, chemical, textile, wood, toys and skin.

Sports Tradition

The Valencia Football Club was founded in 1919. Since then it has built up an extensive record with titles in La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup, the Latin Cup and the Winners’ Cup among many others. The team has 38,000 subscribers and more than 700 supporters’ clubs.

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

Los escenarios : las subsedes

COOB’92 (1992): “Los escenarios: las subsedes” a Memòria oficial de los Juegos de las XXVa Olimpíada: Barcelona 1992. Barcelona: COOB’92, vol. 2, pp. 273-342.

Subseus olímpiques = Subsedes olímpicas

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

Les Ciutats de Barcelona'92

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

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.