The city of Barcelona has always been closely linked to sport, and not just since 1992 when it played host to the Olympic Games. Like any large European city it boasts a large range of sports facilities, making it the perfect destination for visitors who wish to combine their holiday with sightseeing and sport.
Camp Nou, the stadium of FC Barcelona
The Camp Nou stadium has a ground capacity of 110,000, and you can take a tour of the facilities which, as well as the museum, includes a visit to the stands and the pitch, the players’ changing rooms, the press room, the VIP room, and you can even sit on the players’ benches and in the VIP box. The city’s other football club is RCD Español, whose stadium is located outside the city in Cornellà-El Prat.
Palau Blaugrana, the stadium of FC Barcelona’s basketball team
Palau Blaugrana, owned by FC Barcelona, is where all the club’s official basketball, handball, roller skate hockey and indoor football matches are played. Next to Palau Blaugrana are the club’s offices as well as the FC Barcelona official store, Camp Nou and the Ice Palace.
Home to the Olympic Games in 1992
In order to host the 1992 Olympics, a whole range of sports facilities were built such as swimming pools, pavilions, gyms, sports centres, and an Olympic Village. Reconstruction work also took place on Barceloneta dock in the port for the sailing events.