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Iconic Barcelona venues join Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing

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Barcelona’s Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys and Palau Sant Jordi concert arena have become the first venue members of Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), an organisation working to encourage face-value ticket resale. 

The venues join FC Barcelona, which became the first sports club to join FEAT in January.

Barcelona spent its 2023-24 season at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, while renovation work was undertaken at Camp Nou as part of the Espai Barça project.

Estadi Olímpic is one of the biggest stadiums in Spain, with a capacity of 55,000, and also regularly hosts major concerts. Over the last few years, the stadium has provided the stage for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Rammstein, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Palau Sant Jordi is the largest indoor arena by capacity in Spain, at roughly 18,500. It also boasts a 4,500-capacity club at the back of the building.

Both Estadi Olímpic and Palau Sant Jordi form part of the Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring) in Barcelona, which held the Games in 1992. The venues are owned by Barcelona de Serveis Municipals, one of the main service companies in the Spanish city.

Last year saw the two venues welcome 2.1 million guests across more than 160 programmed events.

“Ticket resale directly affects venues such as the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic Stadium,” said Anella Olímpica director Carmen Lanuza.

“Joining this initiative is part of our commitment to generate unique and safe experiences for all those who visit us. It is essential to join efforts to make it possible to end this practice.”

Neo Sala, chief executive of promoters Doctor Music and founding director of FEAT, added: “I am extremely excited to welcome BSM, and the venues that they represent, to FEAT. Estadi Olímpic and Palau Sant Jordi are of huge cultural significance in the city bringing the world’s greatest artists to Barcelona.

“It is great news that they believe in FEAT’s mission of face-value ticket resale and we look forward to working with them to protect fans from predatory resellers.”

Over the last few years, FEAT has been working on a number of EU-wide campaigns to develop better laws around resale to protect fans and promoters. It is also a coordinating member of the ‘Make Tickets Fair!’ campaign.