Miniestadi (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈmini əsˈtaði], meaning in English "Mini Stadium"), officially named "Miniestadi",[1] was a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The 15,276-seat stadium was situated across from Camp Nou, the home stadium of FC Barcelona. The stadium was home to FC Barcelona B, FCB's reserve team, as well as their women's team and Juvenil A. The stadium is now replaced by the newly built Estadi Johan Cruyff, which was completed on 27 August 2019.

Miniestadi
Mini Estadi
LocationAvinguda Aristides Maillol, s/n
08028, Barcelona,  Spain
Coordinates41°22′47″N 2°07′05″E / 41.37972°N 2.11806°E / 41.37972; 2.11806
OwnerFC Barcelona
OperatorFC Barcelona B
Capacity15,276
Field size103 m × 65 m (338 ft × 213 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened23 September 1982
Closed2019
Demolished2020
ArchitectJosep Casals
Project managerRamón Domènech
Tenants
FC Barcelona B (1982–2019)
FC Barcelona C (1982–2007)
Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe) (2002–2003)
FC Barcelona Juvenil A(UEFA matches)(2007-2019)
FC Barcelona Femení(UEFA matches)(2012-2019)

Sporting useEdit

The stadium was home to FC Barcelona B, the reserve side of the famous Catalan club, until they moved to Estadi Johan Cruyff in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper sports complex for the 2019-20 season.

The stadium was also home to FC Barcelona C until July 2007, when they disbanded. It was also home to the Barcelona Dragons, an NFL Europe American football team, until they were disbanded in 2003.

It occasionally hosted the national team of Andorra as well.

ConcertsEdit

Bob Dylan performed here with Carlos Santana on 28 June 1984, during his 1984 European Tour.

Queen performed at the stadium during their Magic Tour on 1 August 1986.

David Bowie performed, on two consecutive nights, at the stadium during his Glass Spider Tour on 7–8 July 1987.

Elton John performed at the stadium during his One Tour on 21 July 1992. The concert was recorded and released on VHS and DVD.

PresentEdit

As part of the Espai Barça project, the Mini Estadi was demolished at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season [2] following the opening of the Estadi Johan Cruyff to make way for the Nou Palau Blaugrana.[3] The new Estadi Johan Cruyff is built at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper campus, which will serve as the new home of Barcelona's reserve and women's teams.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miniestadi | Official FC Barcelona Website". www.fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  2. ^ Juanmartí, Toni (14 September 2017). "Depositados los sueños de La Masia y la primera piedra en el Estadi Johan Cruyff" [The dreams of La Masía are deposited during the groundbreaking at Johan Cruyff Stadium] (in Spanish). Barcelona: Sport. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The New Palau Blaugrana".
  4. ^ "The new Estadi Johan Cruyff". Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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