ShBarcelona is a thriving city full of exciting occasions. It has many big events, drawing attention from spectators around the world. Most of these events take place in the various stadiums located around the city, of which there are many.
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The big ones
The largest and best-known stadium is Camp Nou (“New field”) built in 1957 and located on the west side of the city. It is home to FC Barcelona and plays host to various international matches also, with a capacity of 99,354. It is not only the largest stadium in Spain, but also in Europe, and is the second largest in the world! Tours can be booked for 23€ pp on the stadium website.
The second largest stadium in Barcelona is the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, which is located in the Anella Olímpica on the hill of Montjuic. It was originally built in 1927, but later renovated in 1989 for the 1992 Olympics, which it held to a capacity of 67,000 spectators. Free tours are active over the whole site throughout the summer.
The third largest stadium is the RCDE, also know as Estadi Cornellà-El Prat. It is located on the outskirts of El Prat de Llobregat and has a capacity of 40,500. It is a fairly new stadium, built only in 2009, and is home to RCD Espanyol.
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Barcelona also has a collection of smaller stadiums, home to more local events.
The largest of these is the appropriately titled Mini Estadi, which is located just across from Camp Nou. It has a capacity of 15, 276 and was, until 2007, the home of FC Barcelona. It is now home to FC Barcelona’s B and Women’s teams.
The next largest is the Nou Sardenya, situated in Gracia, with a capacity of 7,000. It is home to CE Europa.
The two smallest stadiums in Barcelona are Estadi La Feixa Llarga, located in L’hospitalet de Llobregat, and Camp Municipal Narcís Sala, located in La Sagrera. Both have a capacity just over 6,000 and are home to smaller, local football teams.
These stadiums not only host sporting events, but also large music concerts to capacity crowds.
Camp Nou had its first show in 1983, where Julio Iglesias performed to a crowd of 60,000 fans. This was then followed by later shows by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and U2.
The Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys has perhaps held the most music concerts, with shows almost every year since 1990, by artists such as The Rolling Stones, Prince, Madonna, Guns n Roses and Pink Floyd.
The Mini Estadi has held its own music events with Queen performing there on their 1986 Magic tour, as well as David Bowie and Elton John in later years.
So whether it’s sports or music concerts that interest you, or just fabulous architecture, Barcelona has lots to offer!
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