Fernando Buesa Arena

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Fernando Buesa Arena
Buesa Arena
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Former names Pabellón Araba (1991–2000)[1]
Location Torre 12 01013
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, Spain
Coordinates 42°51′51.97″N 2°38′28.22″W / 42.8644361°N 2.6411722°W / 42.8644361; -2.6411722Coordinates: 42°51′51.97″N 2°38′28.22″W / 42.8644361°N 2.6411722°W / 42.8644361; -2.6411722
Owner Diputación Foral de Álava
Capacity 15,504
Record attendance 15,504 (Caja Laboral vs Real Madrid, 9 April 2012)
Construction
Opened 1991[2]
Expanded 2012
Tenants
Saski Baskonia (1991–Present)

Fernando Buesa Arena is an indoor sports arena in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. It is primarily used for basketball and is the home arena of Saski Baskonia, aka Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.

The arena's seating capacity, for basketball, is up to 15,504 people. Works to increase the arena's seating capacity from 9,923 to 15,504 people began in March 2011, and finished in April 2012.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

Originally designed (rather belatedly) as a cattle market in the mid 1970s, for a city that had already abandoned its links with agriculture and was modernizing at a great pace, it was soon turned into a sports arena, which opened in 1991.[2]

It was formerly known as Pabellón Araba until 2000, when the arena is named after Fernando Buesa, a Spanish politician who was assassinated by ETA.[1]

Major events[edit]

The arena hosted the 1996 Saporta Cup Final, in which local Saski Baskonia won the title and also hosted the 2010 Eurocup Finals.[6]

The Final Eight of the Copa del Rey was played four times at Buesa Arena (2000, 2002, 2008 and 2013).[7]

On 9 April 2012, at the game of Caja Laboral against Real Madrid, Fernando Buesa Arena registered the record of attendance in a basketball game of Liga ACB with 15,504 spectators.[8]

Attendances[edit]

This is a list of league and Euroleague games attendances of Baskonia Arena since the last expansion was completed.

Liga ACB Euroleague
Season Total High Low Average Season Total High Low Average
2011–12[9] 94,038 15,504 10,512 13,434 2011–12 All games played at Iradier Arena
2012–13 189,449 14,381 7,143 9,971 2012–13 168,416 15,068 9,936 12,030
2013–14 165,412 14,623 6,824 9,190 2013–14 128,106 14,196 8,246 10,676

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Preceded by
Abdi İpekçi Arena
Istanbul
European Cup
Final Venue

1996
Succeeded by
Eleftheria Indoor Hall
Nicosia
Preceded by
PalaVela
Turin
ULEB Eurocup
Final Venue

2010
Succeeded by
Palaverde
Treviso