Basque pelota was a demonstration sport at the Olympic Games Barcelona 1992, thanks to which the magnificent facilities of the Vall d’Hebron Olympic frontons remained as a legacy to be used and enjoyed by the inhabitants of Barcelona. These iconic facilities will once again house the world’s top Basque pelota players this October.
The venue has required some refurbishment to adapt it to current regulations in order to be able to host a sports event of this magnitude, fully financed by the Barcelona City Council, and this remodelling is part of the legacy that these World Championships will leave behind.
Both the Vall d’Hebron and Bac de Roda frontons are being remodelled for these Championships and some qualifying competitions are set to be held in the latter. The trinquete and both 36m and 54m frontons at Vall d’Hebron have been completely renovated, while the 36m and 30m frontons at Bac de Roda have only required small improvements. The main feature of this rehabilitation work will be the movable rebound wall to be built in the 36m fronton in order to convert it into a 30m fronton, a crucial change to handle the large number of championship matches.