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El Sadar Stadium

El Sadar
ReynodeNavarra.JPG
Former namesEstadio El Sadar (1967–2005, 2012–)
Reyno de Navarra (2005–2011)
LocationPamplona, Navarre, Spain
Coordinates42°47′48″N 1°38′13″W / 42.79667°N 1.63694°W / 42.79667; -1.63694
OwnerGovernment of Navarra
OperatorOsasuna
Capacity18,761
Field size104 m × 66 m (341 ft × 217 ft)
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Opened2 September 1967[1]
Renovated1989, 2003
Construction cost61,000,000 Pts
ArchitectTomás Arrarás
General contractorConstrucciones Carlos Erroz, S.A.
Tenants
CA Osasuna (1967–present)
Spain national football team (some games)

Estadio El Sadar (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtaðjo el saˈðaɾ]; known as Reyno de Navarra from 2005 to 2011, [ˈrejno ðe naˈβara]) is a football stadium in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain. The stadium holds 18,761 people.[2] It was built in 1967 and is the home of CA Osasuna. It is currently used mostly for football matches.

Name

View of the inside of the stadium as seen from the south goal.

The stadium was known as El Sadar, after a river near the stadium,[1] from 1967 to 2005 and again since 2011. From 2005 to 2011 the stadium was called Reyno de Navarra by its sponsor, the Government of Navarre, using the medieval Spanish spelling reyno instead of the modern reino ("kingdom", derived from rey, "king") which lent it a somehow archaic touch.

History

Opened in 1967 as El Sadar, the stadium replaced the San Juan stadium that was sold the previous year. The stadium accommodated a capacity of 25,000 spectators at its opening with only 7,000 of those seated. Its inaugural game was played on 2 September between Zaragoza and Portuguese side Vitoria de Setúbal and ended in a one-all draw. The following day Osasuna defeated Vitoria de Setúbal 3-0 for its first win in the new stadium. Osaba scored the first goal for Osasuna in El Sadar in the 28th minute.[1]

Bon Jovi performed at the stadium during their These Days Tour on June 5, 1996.

In November 2014, Osasuna was forced to sell the stadium to the regional government of Navarre (Navarra) because of the club's huge economic crisis, threatening its continued existence. The measure was approved in the regional parliament with 31 votes in favour and 18 against.[3]

In the summer of 2015, the capacity of the stadium was reduced from 19,800 to 18,761 due to security-related renovation works.

References

  1. ^ a b c Club Atlético Osasuna (ed.). "From San Juan to El Sadar. The new stadium". Archived from the original on 1 January 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "El Cub. Datos Generales C.A. Osasuna". www.osasuna.es. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  3. ^ "Aprobada la reestructuración de la deuda tributaria de Osasuna". diariodenavarra.es. Retrieved 2015-11-13.

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