Fernando Buesa Arena
|Former names||Pabellón Araba (1991–2000)|
|Location||Torre 12 01013
Vitoria-Gasteiz, Araba, Spain
|Owner||Diputación Foral de Álava|
|Record attendance||15,504 (Caja Laboral vs Real Madrid, 9 April 2012)|
|Saski Baskonia (1991–Present)|
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.
The history and evolution of this sports enclosure has been closely tied to its main user, the basketball team Saski Baskonia of the League ACB, who, its expanding and growing.Baskonia has been claiming progress and capacity enlargement in the enclosure. It was constructed on the facilities that in 1960 were conceived for the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Nevertheless, at the beginning of the 90s, thanks to the work of the socialistic politician Fernando Buesa, general deputy of Alava, the initial building suffered a reshaping that turned it into a sports enclosure with aptitude for 5. 200 spectators, Buesa Arena was able to receive the parties of the home team, the Saski Baskonia, at that time in a stage of expansion and growth that was demanding to be able to compete in the League ACB and with major capacity than the one that at that time was used, Mendizorroza complex. This way, the square of the cattle was reformed and re-baptized by the name of Pavilion Alava (and later, after an enlargement, It was Araba Arena), where the team gain its only continental bullion up to the date, the winners of Europe cup in 1996.
In the constant evolution of the club, the pavilion suffered its first big enlargement, going so far as to rely on with 9. 500 seats. In March, 2000, after the murder of proper Fernando Buesa by terrorist organization ETA, pavilion was renamed oficially as Fernando buesa Arena The above mentioned enlargement passed to the years of major splendor of the team, that down the same one conquered 3 Leagues ACB (2002, 2008 and 2010) and King´s cup. The enclosure, turned into head office of 4 Cups of the King (2000, 2002, 2008 and 2013) and a Final Four of Eurocup, opening this way the doors of the city for the celebration of big sports events, with a big organizational success.
After the constant and increasing evolution of the team, the Baskonia and the Statutory Delegation of Alava raised new enlargement to increase the social mass of the club and to obtain the opportunity to celebrate big events, like the Final Four of the Euroleague. Finally, in March, 2011 they began to built the second big enlargement, planning to extend its capacity up to 15. 504 butacas. During the works of enlargement, the team moved to Iradier Arena, the multiuse pavilion of the city of Vitoria. The works finished in January, 2012, Baskonia open the pavilion still without finishing completely (9. 423 spectators), in a meeting of ACB against Canary. On April 9, 2012 is inagurated in the meeting between Baskonia and Real Madrid (67-66 Baskonia won). Fernando Buesa Arena registered the record of assistance to a match of League ACB with 15. 504 espectators.
This is a list of league and Euroleague games attendances of Baskonia Arena since the last expansion was completed.
|2011–12||94,038||15,504||10,512||13,434||2011–12||All games played at Iradier Arena|
Fernando Buesa Arena, in the day of the Liga ACB record of attendance
- El Pabellón Araba pasa a llamarse Fernando Buesa Arena
- Fernando Buesa Arena
- ACB.com Caja Laboral Saski-Baskonia S.A.D. Fernando Buesa Arena (9.900 espectadores) (Spanish).
- elcorreo.com El Buesa Arena se reforma para alcanzar las 15.000 localidades
- as.com Vitoria estrena a lo grande el Buesa Arena
- Eurocupbasketball.com - An arena that grows with basketball's popularity.
- ¡15.504 espectadores! El Buesa Arena establece un nuevo récord de asistencia
- Only seven games played since the expansion was completed
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