Anoeta Stadium

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Anoeta
Tribuna oeste del Estadio Anoeta.JPG
Location San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Coordinates 43°18′4.96″N 1°58′25.02″W / 43.3013778°N 1.9736167°W / 43.3013778; -1.9736167Coordinates: 43°18′4.96″N 1°58′25.02″W / 43.3013778°N 1.9736167°W / 43.3013778; -1.9736167
Owner City Council
Operator City Council
Capacity 32,076
Field size 105 metres (115 yd) x 68 metres (74 yd)
Opened 1993
Tenants
Real Sociedad

Anoeta is a multi-purpose stadium in San Sebastián, Spain. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Real Sociedad. In recent years, it has also been used for occasional Heineken Cup rugby union fixtures by nearby French club Biarritz Olympique. Since the 2009–10 Top 14 season, both Biarritz Olympique and fellow Basque club Aviron Bayonnais took home matches to the Anoeta. The stadium, which holds 32,076, was inaugurated in 1993.

Proposals[edit]

In 2004, José Luis Astiazarán, then the president of Real Sociedad, launched a project called Gipuzkoarena.[1] Planned to be finished in 2007, it was intended to increase the stadium's capacity to 42,000, which would include the removal of the athletics track. The project also intended to construct a hotel and shops, among other items. This proposal was soon rejected by the city council and left behind.[2]

Towards the end of 2007, Badiola, as candidate for president of Real Sociedad, proposed that the club buy the stadium.[3] This was also soon rejected by the city council.[4] In 2008, Badiola, already as president, made another two proposals for the stadium,[5] one of them similar to Gipuzkoarena. These proposals were going to be studied by the city council, but after 20 December Badiola was no longer the club's president. Later, the next president, Jokin Aperribay, launched a new attempt to reform the stadium.

Complaints[edit]

Over the years, fans have never been happy with the stadium due to the athletics track causing a distance between the stands and the field itself, resulting in a "cold" atmosphere during matches.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gipuzkoarena (video proposal in YouTube -Spanish-)
  2. ^ Elorza comunica a la Real que el Gipuzkoarena "pertenece ya al pasado" (El País, 31/08/2004 -Spanish-)
  3. ^ Badiola propone que la Real compre Anoeta al Ayuntamiento (diariovasco.com, 4/12/2007 -Spanish-)
  4. ^ Odón Elorza frena la propuesta de Badiola de comprar Anoeta (diariovasco.com, 6/12/2007 -Spanish-)
  5. ^ Badiola propone al Ayuntamiento convertir Anoeta en zona residencial y trasladar el estadio (Noticias de Gipuzkoa, 15/04/2008 -Spanish-)
  6. ^ [ http://www.stadiumguide.com/anoeta/]

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