The Olympic Ring offers up sport, culture and entertainment to locals
Everyone is invited to train on the track at the Lluís Companys Stadium as part of the ‘Come and run at the Stadium’ project
The educational project Ring STEAM Visions will give over 2000 students the chance for education in a creative and innovative setting in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math
The Olympic Ring will become—starting in the upcoming academic year—a space for the city’s people, unique and plural, which contributes to improving Barcelonans’ quality of life, with a sustainable, lively and open nature, while remaining a great international reference. Actions will be done around three strategic core areas: sport, culture and entertainment.
The 2018-2019 season is launched with a decidedly social character, with the aim of being there for the people and available to everyone, a sustainable city space environmentally and economically, as well as with regard to mobility. Knowledge will be promoted educationally among the people, who can enjoy unique experiences throughout the year.
The Olympic Ring of Barcelona has become an international benchmark among former Olympic facilities owing to its management and state of conservation. It is known for its versatility and capacity to host different events in its four different spaces: the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi, the Sant Jordi Club and the Olympic Esplanade. The top-rate events they host have been possible due to ongoing investments averaging € 1.5 million per year over the last decade.
A Ring for one and all
The Olympic Ring is a lively and modern city space, as shown by the over 160 events held there in 2017, translating into activities during 325 days. The Ring created over one million experiences among cultural, family, sport and social events. During the upcoming school year, the level of activities will not only be upheld, but will be diversified and expanded by the new uses for which it is employed by city residents.
There will be a democratisation of sport at the Olympic facilities. Starting in September, on the last Sunday of each month and on all local holidays, ‘Come and run at the Stadium’ will be held, on the athletic track at the Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium, which will open its doors so everyone who wants can go there to run and jog. Further, starting in 2019, the stadium will also be open on the days leading up to the city’s iconic races and marathons, which include the La Mercè Race, Red Nose Race, the Half Marathon and Barcelona Marathon, so that everyone can go and train there.
The increased activities at the stadium for residents can also be noted via the new educational project ‘Ring STEAM Visions’, which will bring over 2000 students from years two and three of compulsory secondary to the Olympic Ring during the 2018-19 academic year. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths, and refers to all educational activities and initiatives that tie together these disciplines. The aim is to keep students motivated by providing flexible and accessible creativity and innovation, while bearing in mind the social component of learning.
Sport is one of the core areas on which the Olympic Ring has been centred since its original design. Taking advantage of acquired experience, and with the democratisation for the ongoing use of the facilities by Barcelonans, work will be done to foster sports among youth and at schools, which will be combined with organising large-scale sporting events, a field in which the ring is already a world benchmark.
One of the new activities involving sport is working closely with schools, by creating student sports circuits and—for the 2019-2020 season—different circuits for summer schools, offering 5000 places at the Olympia Campus. The hosting of all types of sports events will continue, such as the School Biathlon and El Corte Inglés Race, as well as continuing to hold well-established sports events, like the Indoor Trial and the NBA friendly games, or welcoming elite teams for training camps, done already by the English Tottenham team and teams from China and Qatar.
For the 2019-2020 season, in addition to the sports circuit for summer camps, there are also plans to open the stadium for holding outside fitness activities, and important sports finals.
The activities included in the Ring STEAM Visions will be decisive in promoting culture. However, this educational project will not be the only cultural action implemented at the Olympic Ring. There will also be concerts and musical performances, with greater emphasis placed on the performing arts and on imparting knowledge about the space’s architecture and history. Inclusive access will also be kept in mind, so that culture is within reach of everyone.
Thus, the new projects that will be carried out include inclusive cultural entertainment programmes for groups at risk of social exclusion, with 1000 tickets a year allocated to this area, the hosting of children’s concerts and the promotion of other student cultural events like Dansa Ara and as a venue for children’s choruses. And it will continue to welcome all types of top-rate concerts and shows.
Enriching leisure time
Another core strategic area is entertainment, so that visitors to the ring have unique experiences to enrich their leisure time, promoting diverse and fun alternatives and fostering the uniqueness of the Olympic spaces for leisure and creative events.
Actions planned for the upcoming season include leisure days like the first artistic photography competition related to the space’s architecture, a city art meeting and the launching of outside cinema. Diverse family events will continue, including the Festa del Súpers, and collaborations with several foundations like the Soñar Despierto Foundation, and knowledge promotion already done in the past, like the BioCultura Fair and different business development activities.
A sustainable ring
The Ring will be maximised as a sustainable city space in all of its core areas. Sustainable mobility will always be considered, fostering pollution free driving and increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points.
Caring for the environment is one of the main motivations, which is why reusable glasses will be increased at the events held at the Ring. Only last year, this initiative led to reusing 285,000 glasses. Work will also be done to optimise recycling and all conventional lights will be replaced by LEDs, in order to reduce electric consumption. All in all, actions conducted seeking balance to ensure economic sustainability.