Estadi Cornella-El Prat replaced Espanyol’s old ground Estadi de Sarria, although between 1997 and 2009 the club played at the Estadio Olimpico Lluis Companys, the venue for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Previously known as the Power8 Stadium for sponsorship reasons, Espanyol’s home is located on the outskirts of Cornella de Llobregat and El Prat de Llobregat municipalities in Barcelona.
Plans for the construction of the 40,500 capacity stadium were tendered in 2002, with the ceremonial first stone laid in 2003, but it took until 2005 for the actual works to start, taking more than three years before completion in July 2009 at a cost of €60m.
The stadium, the eighth in the club’s history, was officially inaugurated in August 2009 with a friendly match between Espanyol and Liverpool, which the Catalans won 3-0. Following the death of club captain Daniel Jarque in the same year, there was a move by Espanyol fans for the stadium to be renamed in his honour, but the club has yet to make a decision.