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]


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.

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]


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
2014–15 2014–15 117,882 12,619 7,689 9,824



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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