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Do you want to get to the Cornellà-el Prat Stadium from the Barcelona city centre? You can use the public transport.

If you stand at any touristic street in Barcelona, such as Passeig de Gràcia, Rambla de Catalunya, las Ramblas, the Cathedral Square, etc., you should walk from there to Plaça de Catalunya (the very centre of the city). There you can take the transport you want to get to the Espanyol Stadium Cornellà-el Prat.

–     RAILWAY (FGC)

Station: ‘Cornellà Riera’

Take the metro or the railway at Plaça Catalunya, then get off at Plaça d’Espanya, and catch there any railway to get to Cornellà Riera. From Cornellà Riera you will need to walk around 10 minutes to arrive at the stadium. This is the best option if you do not want to walk much time.

-      RENFE (train)

Station: ‘Cornellà Centre’

Easy option because you only need to take one train: from Plaça Catalunya to Cornellà Centre. The metro station is 20 minutes walking far from the Cornellà-el Prat Stadium.

–     METRO

Station: ‘Cornellà Centre’

Take the red metro line (no. 1) to Plaça de Sants. Once there change to the blue line (no. 5) and get off at Cornellà Centre. You will need to walk around 20 minutes to arrive at the stadium.

Enjoy your visit at the RCD Espanyol Cornellà-el Prat Stadium!

 

 

Espanyol fans

Espanyol fans

Cornellà-el Prat is the stadium of RCD Espanyol de Barcelona. Renamed as Power8 Stadium in 2014 due to commercial reasons, it is one of the most innovative stadiums in Europe. It is located between the municipalities of Cornellà de Llobregat and El Prat de Llobregat, only a few km far from Barcelona.

With a capacity for 40,000 people, the Cornellà-el Prat Stadium won The Stadium Business Award to the ‘best sport facility’ in 2010. One of its main differences comparing to the rest of the Spanish stadiums if that Espanyol’s home is covered (except the pitch and the corners).

Just beside the stadium there is the commercial centre Splau.

Do you want to know how to get to the Espanyol’s Cornellà-el Prat Stadium? Enter here.

 

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RCD Espanyol are known by one of the funniest nicknames of all the Spanish football teams: “periquitos” or “pericos”. “Periquitos” means budgies in English, a name which is both strange and funny for a football team. However, what makes this nickname even more special is its unknown origin. There are different theories  regarding why “periquito” is used to refer to Espanyol.

The most popular story used to explain why Espanyol and their fans are known as “periquitos” or “pericos” comes from the early 20th century. At that time Espanyol used to play their matches in the neighborhood of Sarrià (Barcelona), in which there were a lot of palms trees with budgies. Therefore the team came to be known as “periquitos”.

The other story behind Espanyol’s nickname is less well-known but both stranger and more realistic. Valentí Casanys was a Catalan graphic humorist from the first half of the 20th century that used to make graphic cartoons for the football newspaper El Xut (“The Shoot”).

At that time FC Barcelona were the most popular team in the city of Barcelona. Because of this, Casanys used to call Espanyol and their fans the “four black cats”, because the team had so few fans, compared to Barça. At that time the popular creation Felix the cat (Pat Sullivan) was released in Spain. It was translated into Catalan as “gat perico” or “gat periquito” so Casanys began to name Espanyol and their fans as “els quatre gats periquitos” (“the four budgie cats”).

From that point on the name “periquito” used to refer to Espanyol became popular.

 

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Espanyol’s Cornellà-El Prat new stadium is in Cornellà de Llobregat, a city just outside of Barcelona. The two cities are well-connected by Metropolitan Transport Barcelona (TMB) so it’s easy to get to the Cornellà-El Prat stadium from Barcelona. You can get to the Espanyol’s stadium using various different forms of public transport.

-          METRO

Line 5 (the blue line): ‘Cornellà Centre’ station. 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

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya- FGC (Oficial Catalan name).

Stations: ‘Cornellà Riera’ and ‘Almeda’.

Lines: the main FGC line is line 8, but there are more.

-          TRAM

Stations: ‘Cornellà Centre’ and ‘Les Aigües’

Lines: T1 and T2. These lines run through popular places in Barcelona such Plaça Francesc Macià.

-          RENFE (train)

Station: ‘Cornellà Centre’

 

See the map of public transport close to the Cornellà-El Prat

 

Don’t miss the chance to visit the Cornellà-El Prat stadium, one of the most important in Catalonia and Spain!