Sarrià Stadium

Estadi de Sarrià
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Coordinates41°23′35.20″N 2°07′59.41″E / 41°23′35.20″N 2°07′59.41″E / 41.3931111; 2.1331694
OwnerEspanyol
OperatorEspanyol
Capacity44,000
Field size105 m × 70 m (344 ft × 230 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1923
Opened18 February 1923
Demolished20 September 1997
ArchitectMatías Colmenares
Tenants
Espanyol (1923–1997) [1]

Sarrià Stadium (in Catalan: Estadi de Sarrià Catalan pronunciation: [əsˈtaði ðə səriˈa]; in Spanish: Estadio de Sarrià) was a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The stadium was the home of RCD Espanyol from 1923 to 1997, and was located in the district of Sarrià.

Beginning

The stadium was named after the road in which it was constructed, which linked Barcelona and Sarrià. Construction began on 31 December 1922 under the supervision of architect Matías Colmenares, and the cost was 170,000 pesetas. The initial forecast capacity was for 40,000 spectators, but due to the bankruptcy of the construction company the initial capacity was only for 10,000 spectators.

The opening game was played on 18 February 1923 with RCD Espanyol beating UE Sants 4-1, the first goal scored by Vicenç Tonijuan. In 1929 the club won its first Cup in Spain. On 10 February, at the stadium, 'Pitus' Prats scored the first goal of the first Spanish league title. However, although the club won several Catalan Championships they had to wait until 1940 before winning their second cup in Spain.