Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi
Location Passeig Olímpic, s/n, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Capacity Sporting events:
12,000 (athletics)
16,500 (handball)
16,670 (basketball)
24,000 (concert) but for safety
Surface Parquet
Built 1990
Opened 21 September 1990
Renovated 2014
Expanded 2009 expanded temporary
(architect: Nussli Group[1])
Architect Arata Isozaki and Mamoru Kawaguchi
FC Barcelona (1990–1992)[2]
Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈɫaw ˈsaɲ ˈʒɔrði], English: St. George's Palace) is an indoor sporting arena and multi-purpose installation that is part of the Olympic Ring complex located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, it was opened in 1990. The maximum seating capacity of the arena is 16,670 for basketball, and 24,000 for musical events. It is the eleventh largest indoor arena in the world, the third largest indoor arena in Europe and the largest in Spain.

The Palau Sant Jordi was one of the main venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics hosting the artistic gymnastics, handball final, and volleyball final events.[3] Today, it is used for all kinds of indoor sport events as well as for concerts and other cultural activities, due to its great flexibility.

Sporting events

The arena was the venue of the 1995 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics.

It was the venue of three EuroLeague Final Fours in 1998, 2003, and 2011. It also hosted the EuroBasket 1997, from the quarterfinals on, and the 2012 Spanish Basketball Cup.[4]

The final of 2000 Davis Cup was the 89th edition of the most important tournament between nations in men's tennis. Spain defeated Australia at Palau Sant Jordi on 8–10 December, giving Spain their first title. The arena also hosted the finals of 2009 Davis Cup between Spain and Czech Republic with the victory for the Spaniards 5-0.

Palau Sant Jordi was the main venue of the 2003 FINA World Championships. A temporary, regulation swimming pool was installed for the occasion.[5] It played the same role for the 2013 FINA World Championships, since the city of Barcelona hosted the Championships again after 10 years.[6]

It was one of six sites that hosted the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship including the final. It was also one of six sites to host the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

On October 5th, 2016, the arena will host an NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and local team FC Barcelona Regal.


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Coordinates: 41°21′48.2″N 2°09′09.2″E / 41.363389°N 2.152556°E / 41.363389; 2.152556

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