Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
|Former names||Estadio de Montjuic (1929–85)|
Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc (1989–2001)
|Location||Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain|
|Owner||City Council of Barcelona|
|Opened||20 May 1929|
|Architect||Pere Domènech i Roura|
|Barcelona Dragons (1991–92; 1995–2002)|
RCD Espanyol (1997–2009)
FC Penger (2019–)
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (Catalan pronunciation: [əsˈtaði uˈlimpiɡ ʎuˈis kumˈpaɲs], formerly known as the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc and Estadio de Montjuic) is a stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition in the city (and Barcelona's bid for the 1936 Summer Olympics, which were awarded to Berlin), it was renovated in 1989 to be the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
With its current capacity of 60,713 seats (67,007 during the 1992 Olympics), Estadi Lluís Companys is the 5th-largest stadium in Spain and the 2nd-largest in Catalunya.
Designed by architect Pere Domènech i Roura for the 1929 Expo, the stadium was officially opened on 20 May 1929. Montjuïc hosted its first ever event, Spain's first official rugby international game against Italy.
In the seventies the stadium was disused, and the stands deteriorated. When the Spanish Grand Prix and other races were held at the Montjuïc racing circuit, the stadium was used as a paddock for the teams. Due to safety concerns, the 1975 F1 race was nearly boycotted by drivers.
Due to the award of the 1992 Summer Olympics to Barcelona, the stadium was renovated with the involvement of Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti. The stadium was gutted, preserving only the original facades, and new grandstands were built. In 1989 the venue was re-inaugurated for the World Cup in Athletics, and three years later it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics competitions of the Olympic Games.
The stadium served as the home of football club RCD Espanyol from 1997 until 2009. The Estadi Olímpic made its final La Liga appearance during the 2008–2009 season, as Espanyol moved to the newly constructed RCDE Stadium.
It also served as the home of the Barcelona Dragons American football team until 2002. Because the size of the playing surface was slightly shorter than the regulation American Football length, the stadium only had 7-yard end zones, three yards shorter than regulation NFL size in 1991 and 1992. They were later lengthened to the standard 10 yards. The stadium also played host to the National Football League's American Bowl in 1993 and in 1994. The San Francisco 49ers played the Pittsburgh Steelers on 1 August 1993. The second game was played on 31 July 1994 between the Los Angeles Raiders and the Denver Broncos.
In 2001, the stadium was renamed after the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya Lluís Companys, who was executed at the nearby Montjuïc Castle in 1940 by the Franco regime. In 2010, the stadium hosted the 20th European Athletics Championships.
On 20 October 2018, the stadium management agreed with local amateur club FC Penger over the use of the stadium, and now the stadium acts as the home field for the 2019–20 season.
- 1929: Montjuïc hosted its first ever event, Spain's first official rugby international game against Italy. Spain won 9–0.
- 1935: Boxing match Paolino Uzcudun vs. Max Schmeling
- 1955: II Mediterranean Games.
- 1989: IAAF World Cup.
- 1992: Games of the XXV Olympiad and IX Paralympic Games.
- 1993: Rugby League European Cup Final, XIII Catalans 22–23 Huddersfield RLFC
- 1997: World Bowl '97 between Barcelona Dragons and Rhein Fire.
- 2003: World Police and Fire Games.
- 2009: On Saturday 20 June the Perpignan-based rugby league team, Catalans Dragons lost 12–24 to Warrington Wolves in the first Super League match to be played in Spain, drawing a crowd of over 18,500.
- 2010: 20th European Athletics Championships.
- 2011: 2010–11 Heineken Cup quarter-final match between Perpignan and Toulon with a crowd of 55,000.
- 2012: 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
- 1930: National football cup final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.
- 1933: National football cup final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.
- 1934: National football cup final between Valencia CF and Real Madrid.
- 1939: National football cup final between Sevilla FC and Racing de Ferrol.
- 1944: National football cup final between Athletic Bilbao and Valencia CF.
- 1945: National football cup final between Sevilla FC and Racing de Ferrol.
- 1946: National football cup final between Real Madrid and Valencia CF.
- 1957: National football cup final between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol.
- 2004: National football cup final between Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza.
|7 October 1989||Spain||Mecano||Tour 1989||La Unión||—||—|
|13 June 1990||UK||The Rolling Stones||Urban Jungle Tour||Gun||—||—|
|14 June 1990|
|25 July 1990||USA||Prince||Nude Tour||—||49,455 / 49,455||—|
|1 August 1990||USA||Madonna||Blond Ambition World Tour||—||—||—|
|18 September 1992||USA||Michael Jackson||Dangerous World Tour||—||—||—|
|11 May 1993||USA||Bruce Springsteen||1992-1993 World Tour||—||—||—|
|6 October 1993||France||Jean-Michel Jarre||Europe in Concert||El Último de la Fila||—||—|
|27 July 1994||UK||Pink Floyd||The Division Bell Tour||—||—||—|
|13 June 1995||USA||Bon Jovi||These Days Tour||Van Halen||—||—|
|13 September 1997||Ireland||U2||Popmart Tour||Placebo||60,096 / 60,096||$2,281,165|
|20 July 1998||UK||The Rolling Stones||Bridges to Babylon Tour||Hothouse Flowers||52,375 / 52,375||$2,464,319|
|17 May 2003||USA||Bruce Springsteen||The Rising Tour||—||—||—|
|21 June 2003||USA||Metallica||European Tour 2003||—||—||—|
|29 June 2003||UK||The Rolling Stones||Licks World Tour||—||—||—|
|2 July 2003||Spain||El Canto del Loco
La Oreja de Van Gogh
|21 June 2007||UK||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||Biffy Clyro||—||—|
|30 June 2007||Mexico||RBD||Celestial World Tour||Diego Boneta||—||—|
|27 September 2007||UK||The Police||Reunion Tour||Fiction Plane||54,553 / 54,553||$5,554,320|
|1 June 2008||USA||Bon Jovi||Lost Highway Tour||NoWayOut, Sabia||46,255 / 46,255||$4,046,421|
|7 June 2009||Australia||AC/DC||Black Ice Tour||The Answer||64,196 / 64,376||$5,906,138|
|21 July 2009||USA||Madonna||Sticky & Sweet Tour||Paul Oakenfold||44,811 / 44,811||$5,010,557|
|4 September 2009||UK||Coldplay||Viva la Vida Tour||The Flaming Lips||63,306 / 64,376||$4,554,068|
|3 December 2009||UK||The Prodigy||European Stadium Tour||Enter Shikari||—||—|
|4 December 2009||USA||Marilyn Manson||The High End of Low Tour||esOterica||—||—|
|9 April 2011||USA||We Are Scientists||Brain Thrust Mastery Tour||Els Pets||—||—|
|29 May 2011||Colombia||Shakira||The Sun Comes Out World Tour||—||32,012 / 33,887||$2,994,989|
|27 July 2011||USA||Bon Jovi||Live 2011||The Rebels||39,992 / 39,992||$3,021,325|
|17 May 2012||USA||Bruce Springsteen||Wrecking Ball Tour||—||79,430 / 86,000||$6,692,818|
|18 May 2012|
|7 June 2013||UK||Muse||The 2nd Law World Tour||You Don't Know Me||—||—|
|8 July 2014||UK/ Ireland||One Direction||Where We Are Tour||5 Seconds of Summer, Abraham Mateo||40,333 / 40,333||$3,391,560|
|29 May 2015||Australia||AC/DC||Rock or Bust World Tour||Vintage Trouble||60,000 / 60,000||—|
|26 May 2016||UK||Coldplay||A Head Full of Dreams Tour||Alessia Cara
Lianne La Havas
|111,261 / 111,261||$9,734,130|
|27 May 2016|
|3 August 2016||USA||Beyoncé||The Formation World Tour||Chloe x Halle||45,346 / 45,346||$4,806,995|
|18 July 2017||Ireland||U2||The Joshua Tree Tour 2017||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds||54,551 / 54,551||$5,930,076|
|27 September 2017||UK||The Rolling Stones||No Filter Tour||Los Zigarros||58,622 / 58,622||$8,769,703|
|20 June 2018||USA||Bruno Mars||24K Magic World Tour||DNCE||—||—|
|1 July 2018||USA||Guns N' Roses||Not in This Lifetime Tour||Volbeat, Nothing More||48,649 / 48,649||$4,370,000|
|11 July 2018||USA||Jay-Z & Beyoncé||On The Run II Tour||—||46,982 / 46,982||$4,733,549|
|5 May 2019||USA||Metallica||Worldwired Tour||Ghost, Bokassa||51,799 / 53,760||$5,285,919|
|7 June 2019||UK||Ed Sheeran||Divide Tour||Anne-Marie, James Bay||54,658 / 54,658||$4,126,520|
|During the COVID-19 pandemic, the venue was used to play concerts of small artist to ensure social distancing|
|29 May 2021||Spain||Nil Moliner||Bailando en la Batalla Tour||—||—||—|
|4 June 2021||Spain||Maestro||Cruïlla XXS||—||—||—|
|5 June 2021||Spain||Ojete Calor||—||—||—|
|10 June 2021||Spain||Cepeda||—||—||—|
|12 June 2021||Spain||Zoo||—||—||—|
|13 June 2021||Spain||Sofia Ellar||—||—||—|
|18 June 2021||Spain||Miss Caffeina||—||—||—|
|25 June 2021||Spain||Víctor Manuel||—||—||—|
|26 June 2021||Spain||Rels B||—||—||—|
|30 June 2021||Spain||Ismael Serrano||—||—||—|
|7 July 2021||Argentina||God Save the Queen||Tour 2021||—||—||—|
|17 July 2021||Spain||Eva B||Share Festival||Hugo Cobo||—||—|
|22 July 2021||Spain||Els Amics de les Arts||Concerts Estel·lars||—||—||—|
|23 July 2021||Spain||La Pegatina||Share Festival||—||—||—|
|24 July 2021||Spain||Natalia Lacunza||Alba Reche||—||—|
|25 July 2021||Spain||Ana Torroja||—||—||—|
|30 July 2021||Spain||Stay Homas||—||—||—|
|31 July 2021||Spain||Oques Grasses||—||—||—|
|6 August 2021||Spain||Omar Montes||RVFV||—||—|
|3 September 2021||Spain||Morad||—||—||—|
|4 September 2021||Spain||Lola Indigo||La Niña: On Tour||—||—||—|
|8 September 2021||Colombia||Camilo||Mis Manos Tour||—||—||—|
|29 July 2022||UK||Iron Maiden||Legacy of the Beast Tour||Within Temptation, Airbourne||—||—|
- "Official Report of the XXV Games of the Olympiad Barcelona 1992; Volume II; p.127" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2008.
- 1992 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 160–7.
- Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5); Chapter 6, Gathering Storms, p129
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