Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium in Montjuic
On the occasion of the International Exhibition of 1929, was opened in the mountain of Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium.
It was renamed in 2001 with the name of Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, in honor of the president of the Generalitat de Catalunya, who was executed in 1940 in the Castle of Montjuic, near the Olympic Stadium.
It was widely used for sporting events until the mid-70s, in which it became practically abandoned. In 1982, during the World Cup in Spain, the Olympic Stadium was used for testing the opening ceremony to be held in the FC Barcelona stadium.
All facades were preserved except for the west wing which could not be preserved as planned in the initial project. The ground level was also lowered 11 meters. As a curiosity, we mention that the stone extracted to lower the ground level of the stadium, is of excellent quality, and it is used for the construction of the Sagrada Familia, masterpiece of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
The Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys, is considered by UEFA a five-star status stadium, essential condition to host the finals of the international football competitions.
The stadium is located in a privileged area to accommodate large crowds, which is used for both large sporting events such as rock concerts of world-class stars.
As part of the Barcelona’s Olympic Park in Montjuic, any tourist visit to the Olympic Stadium must be used to also visit the Palau Sant Jordi, and the open space where the Communications Tower and the Europe Square is.
How to get to the Olympic Stadium
There are different ways to go up to the top of the mountain where the stadium is. Both descriptions are for walking, starting from Spain Square (Plaça d’Espanya). This place is well connected, has several lines of the FGC, and lines 1 and 3 of the metro as well as several bus lines. You have to walk up the Reina María Cristina Avenue, which is the one with the two Venetian towers, reaching Carles Buigas Square which is where the Magic Fountain of Montjuic is.
Once at this point, the visitor has two choices. The first is to take the Marqués de Comillas avenue, to the right, and continue straight up the mountain. The visitor will pass in front of the Poble Espanyol, but if you follow through that avenue, you will arrive at the Olympic Stadium. This is the route that would be used if going by car.
The second option starting from Carles Buigas Square is to continue straight out as if you will reach the the MNAC (National Art Museum of Catalonia) whose headquarters is the National Palace in Montjuic Park. The National Palace is the building that is looking straight into the mountain. So, go up the escalators, and skirt the building on the right side (the path is clearly and indicated), and retaking other escalators you would reach the Montjuic Olympic Stadium and hence, the Olympic Park.
There are buses that will take you to the stadium from Spain Square, whose lines are reinforced both in number of buses and times when there is some event either athletic, musical or of other reasons.
Obviously, the Tourist Bus stops in Spain Square and in Montjuic Olympic Park (Anella Olímpica de Montjuic, in Catalan).
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