CA Osasuna embarked on an ambitious renovation project at the club’s home in Al Sadar in 2018 to increase accommodation capacity, modernize facilities and provide fans with a more comfortable match experience.
Two years after launching the project, which represented a major transformation for the Pamplona-based team, El Sadar was nominated for the Stadium of the Year award by the Stadium Database, a website dedicated to international sports arenas. The best stadium in the world.
As part of the award-winning selection process, now in its 12th year, nominated stadiums are showcased and analyzed from a variety of perspectives, including their standout features, business aspects and fan experience.
In response to El Sadar’s nomination, Mikel Vivanco, Operations Manager of CA Osasuna, said, “We are proud to be among the nominees for this award. We had a pretty tight budget to work with, but we did most of it and the result is great.
The Navarra club is the only La Liga representative on this prestigious shortlist, which includes 23 top sports arenas located in various countries including Qatar, Iraq, Turkey, Argentina, Ecuador, United States, Germany and Cambodia.
Los RojillosThe ‘shining house’ faces fierce competition to secure the international crown from arenas such as Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar and Lower.com Field in the United States, an investment 30 times larger than Al Sadar and home to 60,000 fans . Despite a budget 12 times larger than CA Osasuna, it hosts 3,000 fewer fans. The winning stadium will be determined by a public vote held on the Stadium Database website, and users will be able to vote until March 14.
A high-end multifunctional stadium
Originally built in 1967, Al Sadar has undergone a much-needed renovation that includes a major renovation and capacity increase. The original structure of the stadium has been preserved and used as the foundation to create a modern and striking ground with a capacity of over 23,500, complete with a roof in the club’s signature shade of red.
Among the various improvements overseen by the Navarra club are significant improvements, significant improvements, with entry points created for fans with disabilities, especially those that have a direct impact on the fan experience, in addition to those related to the structure itself, such as the roof. made in terms of visibility, seats and stadium stands and especially capacity increase.
“The redevelopment of the stadium has allowed us to increase the number of seats we can sell, thanks to the increase in capacity. But no matter how much we increase capacity, the CA Osasuna phenomenon continues to grow,” Vivanco insisted.
The club also revealed that the renovation had a major impact on its business operations. For example, the club shop previously spanned 1,400m2, and redevelopment has added about 2,000m2 more to the property.
While the press area, official booth, media room, and presidential area were also renovated, marketing and communication services were established in new offices and a multi-purpose meeting room was built.
Referring to CA Osasuna’s new home, the club’s general manager, Fran Canal, noted that “This standing facility needs to be multifunctional, while providing entertainment spaces and making club members feel at home and at home in a modern stadium.
Nomination rewards club members’ teamwork and dedication
The fact that Al Sadar is among the candidate stadiums after a limited budget renovation and capacity increase represents a well-deserved recognition for the hours spent on the maintenance, communication and infrastructure of the club and all other work. teams involved in the project.
Meanwhile, it should be emphasized that club members were actively involved in the selection of the stadium design and were involved throughout the process, offering a transparent view on the preferred project and sharing their views and ideas for improvement.
“This renewal follows a consultation process with our club members who selected the final design that truly belongs to everyone. We are proud that a stadium project chosen by our club members is on the way to becoming the best in the world.”
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