Espanyol Stadium

The new Espanyol Stadium, belonging to the Real Club Deportivo Español, is located between Cornellá de Llobregat and El Prat de Llobregat, both municipalities in the Province of Barcelona, Catalonia

This project, executed by FCC and designed by the architects Esteban Gasulla and Mark Fenwick, consists of the construction of the stadium, with capacity for 40,000 spectators, the offices, a club museum, various premises and the construction of a parking lot for 250 cars on two floors, in addition to the connections to the training enclosures and the Cornella pitch.

The stadium is supported on driven-pile foundations. The structure is of reinforced concrete, both prefabricated and manufactured onsite, except for certain metal elements.

It includes several areas; the bowl, made up of various floors of rectilinear terraces, with a crystallographic appearance; the roof, which is a rectilinear wall that surrounds the bowl with a circular building and the façade that extends like a floating, translucent curtain that covers the various pieces of the wall and supports the club's representative function.

This design is achieved by incorporating an exterior u-glass type blue, white and translucent glazed skin, which allows filtered natural light to enter the interior spaces.

The stadium was designed using handicapped-person accessibility criteria and complies with legislation inside the stadium and in its surroundings.

With respect to energy efficiency and savings, the stadium roof is made up of photovoltaic panels with an area of 7,000 square metres, which convert it into an emblematic element, together with integral low-consumption, high-efficiency luminaries, with 650 megawatts of power.

Remarkable aspects

  • This stadium has a singular design and capacity for 40,000 spectators and includes the option for future expansion.
  • Stadium Business Award 2010 for the best sports installation of the year in the world.
  • Stadium with four stars from the UEFA.
  • Constructed taking energy efficiency criteria into account.

Client: RCD Espanyol

Start date: January 2006

End date: May 2009