Fernando Buesa Arena

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Fernando Buesa Arena
Buesa Arena
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)
Opened 1991[2]
Expanded 2012
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]


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]



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Preceded by
Abdi İpekçi Arena
European Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by
Eleftheria Indoor Hall
Preceded by
ULEB Eurocup
Final Venue

Succeeded by