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Olympic Stadium Ready 3 Years Before Barcelona Games

July 25, 1989

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Sports officials toured Barcelona’s newly rebuilt Olympic Stadium and declared it ready for use Tuesday - three years to the day before the opening of the 1992 Summer Games.

Workers were installing dressing room mirrors, hanging paintings and taking care of other last-minute details for the stadium’s official inauguration Sept. 8 for the Track and Field World Cup, said Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee spokeswoman Ines Guardiola.

The 60,000-seat stadium itself is ready for use, she said.

The government spent $49.8 million to remodel the stadium, built for an international exposition in 1929 atop Montjuic Hill, which overlooks the Mediterranean port city.

The restoration preserved the stadium’s original facade, but completely rebuilt the interior and track.

Representatives of the Association of NAtional Olympic Committees touring the stadium and other Olympic sites included Michael Fenell of the United States, Hugh Henry of New Zealand, Santiparb Tejavanija of Thailand, Adrien Vanden Eede of Belgium and Alpha Ibrahim Diall of Guinea. Wolfgang Gitter of West Germany led the delegation.

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