Independence Arena (Floriana)

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Independence Ground
Ix-Xagħra tal-Furjana
Full nameIndependence Arena
LocationFloriana, Malta
Coordinates35°53′40.4″N 14°30′19.0″E / 35.894556°N 14.505278°E / 35.894556; 14.505278Coordinates: 35°53′40.4″N 14°30′19.0″E / 35.894556°N 14.505278°E / 35.894556; 14.505278
OwnerGovernment of Malta
OperatorFloriana

Independence Arena (also known as Ix-Xagħra tal-Furjana) was a multi-use stadium in Floriana, Malta. The stadium has fallen in a state of disrepair and is now used as a parking.[1] The stadium was used mostly for football matches and was the home training pitch of Floriana. The stadium held 3,000 people.[2]

Background and description[edit]

History[edit]

When Malta was a crown colony of the United Kingdom, the Arena was mainly used for training purposes by the British Military in preparation of important ceremonies. The grandstand, which is still present to this say, was erected in anticipation of Malta's Independence celebrations. Indeed, on 21 September 1964 the Maltese flag was hosted for the first time at the stadium.[3] This also explains why the stadium was named the Independence Arena and why it is held in fond regard by the Maltese public in general.

Future[edit]

Over the years, Floriana expressed their willingness to develop the stadium on more than one occasion[4][5] but nothing had materialised as yet.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Floriana Residents angry about car park at ix-Xaghra". Malta Independent. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Malta - Floriana FC - Soccerway
  3. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "The arduous road to independence". Times of Malta. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Football: New Facilities for Floriana FC - The Malta Independent". www.independent.com.mt. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Ground project delay is cause of concern for Gaucci". Times of Malta. Retrieved 20 October 2017.