A little history

Come and join us on a tour of the Olympic Stadium, a building full of history and unique architecture which has been the venue for spectacular events during its history. Find out how it was built, what events have taken place there and what makes the Olympic Stadium one of Barcelona’s most emblematic locations.

Designed by architect Pere Domènech i Roura, the Olympic Stadium was opened on 20 May 1929 for the Barcelona Universal Exposition. The second-largest stadium in the world at the time, it was designed for the 1936 Olympic Games, but due to the political situation of the time they never took place there and the stadium fell into disuse. Half a century later, as a result of Barcelona’s bid to host the Olympics, the stadium came back to life thanks to the team of architects made up of Gregotti, Correa, Milà, Margarit and Buixadé. In 1985 work began to completely remodel the stadium, adding facilities and services necessary to host an Olympic Games. The entire stadium underwent remodelling, except the facade, the original of which was conserved.


The new Olympic Stadium was inaugurated on 8 September 1989 for the 5th Athletics World Cup. The event was the first test of the level of organisation, and of the performance of the new facilities as a venue for large sporting events. Since then, numerous events of all kinds have been held there.
On 31 March 2001, it was given the name Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc Lluís Companys, in honour of the former president of the Government of Catalonia.


The Olympic Games’ star facility was the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games of the XXV Olympiad in 1992, and for the athletics events. It was also the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games and athletics events.

The Olympic Stadium is a multipurpose site that can house any type of event. This can be seen from its curriculum of events that have taken place there since the 1992 Olympics: sports and musical events, family activities and corporate events are just some of the options the stadium offers.

The stadium can hold up to 60,000 people.

The Olympic Stadium was the venue to the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2012 and the European Athletics Championships in 2010.

The Olympic Stadium has played host to major pop and rock stars: Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bon Jovi and many more groups and artists.
All these events, and the millions of spectators who have filled its stands since 1989, make the Olympic Stadium an emblematic venue ‘where anything is possible’.