Situated on the banks of the Llogrebat River on the outskirts of Barcelona, Cornella-El Prat is the home stadium for the RCD Espanyol football (soccer) club, one of the top teams in the Spanish league and the crosstown rival of FC Barcelona. Built in 2009, the 40,000-capacity stadium ranks among the best sporting venues in Spain.
Though it’s not as famous as Camp Nou, Cornellà-El Prat Stadium is a popular attraction among sports fans visiting Barcelona. Stadium tours take fans behind the scenes and into the press zone, locker rooms, player tunnels, and the chairman’s box. Augmented reality walls throughout the facility highlight key moments in the team’s history through video and narration. The tour culminates in a museum where the team’s trophies are displayed.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cornellá-El Prat Stadium is a must-visit for sports fans.
- Match tickets can be bought in advance, but they rarely sell out except when they’re playing FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.
- The stadium tour is fully wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
The stadium is accessible by metro, bus, or commuter train. Cornellà Metro station is the last stop on Line 5 and is about 15 minutes’ walk from the stadium. Alternatively, visitors can take buses 67 or 68 from Plaça de Catalunya, or Renfe commuter trains R1, R4, or R7.
When to Get There
Stadium tours are available once or twice daily, Tuesday to Sunday, except for match days when RCD Espanyol is playing at home. To experience the electric energy of a live match, plan to visit during the regular season (September to May).
One of the most exciting days for an Espanyol fan is the Catalan Derby (Derbi Barceloní), when the team faces off against crosstown rival FC Barcelona. No matter where these teams are in the standings, this match is always heated, in part for political reasons. Throughout much of the history of the Spanish League, FC Barcelona was seen as the club of Catalonia, while RCD Espanyol remained aligned with the Spanish crown.