As part of the CIEE Barcelona Summer course on Architecture, Art and Design in Contemporary Barcelona, students will be posting a series of site visit reviews on the blog.
CIEE Barcelona Program: Language & Culture
Semester: Summer 2012
Home School: Providence College
The Olympic Stadium
On Monday we traveled up Montjuic, the mountain in Barcelona that held the 1992 Olympics. This was an exhilarating experience because it was a real turning point in Catalan history. The Olympics brought pride to Catalan people and also brought unity. It was their time to show their true image and present their impact on history. This event was very costly however. With the help of many European countries, Barcelona was able to host this wonderful event. Every estimate made of the productions of buildings was incorrect by several million. “The cost of the games preparations of 2.73 billion dollars was exceeded by around 300 percent, costing something like 7 billion at comparable rates of exchange. This cost increase was due to an expanded scope of work and budget overruns on specific projects.” (Olympic Opportunity).
Although the cost was very high, it was very beneficial to the city as a whole . The games were held on the mountain of Montjuic, but the games really affected everywhere; Pouble nou constructed many apartment complexes for all the athletes of the tournament, which were about 10,000. Sants (and north of Sants) created complexes for the Journalists to live, which exceeded the number of athletes even. Barcelona’s government attempted to fill all the underused land around the city of Barcelona by creating apartments for this event. The entire city was greatly affected by this worldwide event held in Barcelona.
I believe this was an extremely beneficial trip because we got to see what truly gave Catalans pride in 1992. It was a beautiful sight and it’s amazing to believe that these complexes were built for this one event. This was very important for the city because although it had help with funding and creating these series of buildings, it was Barcelona who held the Olympics. They did rethink the event due to the under allocation of funds, but still managed to stage the 1992 World Olympics.