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The Palau d’Esports de Badalona was built on the occasion of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games in one of the Games subsites to host the Basketball Championship. The architects who designed it were Esteve Bonell and Francesc Rius and the building was opened in 1991. It was funded by several administrations but the Badalona City Council has the ownership.

It has a capacity for 12,500 spectators and offers several services such as changing rooms, medical assistance, press rooms and VIP lounges. In an emergency it can be evacuated in 8 minutes.

Badalona is a city of Iberian origin and maintains many Roman remains. Throughout its history, Badalona grew from the inland towards the shore and in the twentieth century underwent a great industrial progress. It is situated 3 km from Barcelona, within the metropolitan area, and hosted the boxing and basketball competitions during the Olympic Games at the Palau d’Esports de Badalona and the Pavelló Club Joventut Badalona.

Sports Tradition

Badalona has a great sporting tradition and is one of the cradles, statewide, of basketball. His team, the Club Joventut Badalona, founded in 1930, has won several major titles throughout their history.

Press accommodation

On the occasion of the Barcelona ’92 Games, in Badalona was also built a press residence, the Villa of Montigalà, which hosted about 5,000 of the 11,000 journalists who came for the occasion. It is a garden city of 1000 homes and 100 acres of parkland near the Palau d’Esports. After the Games was sold to private buyers.

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.