RCD Espanyol’s stadium, known as Cornella-El Prat, is one of the newest and most innovative in Europe. The stadium was inaugurated in summer 2009 (so the Catalan team has played in it for two full seasons). The Cornella-El Prat is considered a 4-star stadium by UEFA and has a capacity for 40,500 spectators.
The Cornella-El Prat stadium means a lot to Espanyol and its fans since after 10 years they now have a home. On June 1997, the club sold the former Sarrià stadium in order to pay an economic deficit. After that, Espanyol was playing in the Estadi Olimpic de Barcelona (Barcelona’s Olympic stadium). Finally, on August 2009 Espanyol’s new stadium was opened in Cornellà de Llobregat, a city just outside of Barcelona. The first match played in the new field was against Liverpool (Espanyol won 3-0). That day Espanyol’s captain was the young Dani Jarque, who unfortunately died a few days later.
Is it difficult to get to the Cornellà-El Prat stadium from Barcelona? Not at all, Cornellà de Llobregat is very close to the Catalan capital city so it’s well-connected with Barcelona’s metropolitan area. You can get to the stadium using various different forms of public transport.
METRO: ‘Cornellà Centre’ station, line 5 (the blue line). This line runs through various important places in the city such as Sagrada Família or Sants station. Line 5 coincides in some stations with other metro lines so getting to the Espanyol’s stadium by metro is very easy.
RAILWAY: ( Oficial Catalan name ) Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). The closest stops to the stadium are ‘Cornellà Riera’ and ‘Almeda’. After getting off, you will be near the stadium (just 5 minutes walking). The main FGC line is line 8, but there are more.
TRAM: ‘Cornellà Centre’ and ‘Les Aigües’ stations (T1 and T2 lines)
RENFE (train): ‘Cornellà Centre’ station.
Don’t miss the chance to visit the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, one of the most important in Catalonia and Spain!