Palau Blaugrana

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Palau Blaugrana
Palau Blaugrana 03.jpg
Location Barcelona, Spain
Owner Futbol Club Barcelona
Capacity 7,585
Opened 23 October 1971
Renovated 1994, 2016
Expanded 1994
Architect Francesc Cavaller
FC Barcelona Bàsquet (ACB)
FC Barcelona Handbol (ASOBAL)
FC Barcelona Hoquei (OK Liga)
FC Barcelona Futsal (Primera División)

Palau Blaugrana (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈɫaw ˌβɫawˈɣɾanə], meaning in English "Blue and deep red Palace") is an arena in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, belonging to FC Barcelona. The 7,585 seating capacity arena is home to the basketball, handball, roller hockey, and futsal divisions of FC Barcelona. Palau Blaugrana is located between Mini Estadi and the Camp Nou.


Built in 1971, the stadium originally held 5,696 spectators, but the facility was remodeled in 1994, to fit the current capacity of 7,585. During the 1992 Summer Olympics, the arena hosted several events, including roller hockey, taekwondo and judo.[1] The arena's main court area was renovated in 2016.[2][3]

Retired numbers[edit]

Several basketball, handball and roller hockey players have had their jerseys retired:
4 Andrés Jiménez, 7 Nacho Solozábal and 15 Epi for basketball

2 Òscar Grau, 7 Iñaki Urdangarin, 14 Joan Sagalés, 16 David Barrufet for handball

21 Alberto Borregan for Roller Hockey

Panoramical view during a EuroLeague basketball game in February 2008.

Nou Palau Blaugrana[edit]

Under Sandro Rosell's presidency, FC Barcelona announced that by 2013, it planned to build a new Palau Blaugrana for its handball and basketball teams, with a capacity of 12,000 seats. Also included in the plan, was a smaller campus with a capacity of 3,000 seats, plus [a special conditions] for hotel partners (operated by a specialist company located on the corner of Aristides Maillol with John XXIII), new parking spaces and an auditorium, with a 2,000 capacity, for the foundation, including the offices of the club. These plans, however, were later dropped in favour of the Espai Barça project.

Under the Espai Barça project, the current Palau Blaugrana will be demolished, and a new arena is expected to be built on the site currently occupied by the Mini Estadi, which will also be demolished to make way for the new arena.[4] Work is expected to start by the 2017–18 basketball season.[5] The Nou Palau Blaugrana will have a capacity of about 12,500 people with an adjacent, smaller court that will seat approximately 2,000. Additionally, the New Palau will have 24 VIP boxes and 4 sky bars with court views.[6]

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Coordinates: 41°22′48.29″N 2°07′12.18″E / 41.3800806°N 2.1200500°E / 41.3800806; 2.1200500

Preceded by
Stade Pierre de Coubertin
Masters Cup

Succeeded by
Boston Garden
Preceded by
Ginásio do Ibirapuera
São Paulo
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Estadio Obras Sanitarias
Buenos Aires