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Barcelona, Spain
Introduction  
 
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is better known as Estadi Olimpic de Montjuїc. It is located inside of Montjuїc Park in Barcelona. You can reach it by taking metro lines 1 and 3 to the Espanya stop. You will need to take the escalators and walk a bit after disembarking. It is open daily from 10am to 8pm in the summer and 10am to 6pm in the winter. Before visiting, check to see if any major events are taking place.
 
Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys is named after Lluís Companys, president of Catalonia during the Spanish Civil War. Construction began on the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in 1922, and it was completed in 1929, just in time for Barcelona's International Exhibition. The stadium was also Barcelona's major selling point when she bid for the 1936 Olympic Games. The stadium was in continuous use up until about 1955, when it began to fall into disrepair. When she was awarded the Games in 1992, the stadium underwent major renovations and an enlargement. It can now seat 54,000 people. The original façade and outer walls were preserved, however.
 
Today, Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys hosts the RCD Espanyol football club. The stadium has also been given five stars by the Union of European Football Associations, only one of three stadiums across Europe to receive that honor. In addition to holding all of RCD Espanyol's home games, the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys often acts as a concert venue for national and international artists. Recent visitors at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys have been Coldplay and AC/DC.

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