La Romareda

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La Romareda
La Romareda en día de partido.jpg
Full nameEstadio La Romareda
LocationZaragoza, Spain
Coordinates41°38′11.73″N 0°54′6.56″W / 41.6365917°N 0.9018222°W / 41.6365917; -0.9018222 (Estadio de La Romareda)
OwnerAyuntamiento de Zaragoza
OperatorReal Zaragoza
Capacity34,596
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground19 September 1956
Opened8 September 1957
Renovated1977, 1982, 1994
Construction cost21,512,640.50 pesetas
ArchitectFrancisco Riestra
Project managerJosé Beltrán
General contractorAgromán
Tenants
Real Zaragoza (1957–present)
Interior of the stadium.

Estadio La Romareda [esˈtaðjo ðe la romaˈɾeða] is the home stadium of Real Zaragoza, in Zaragoza. It was inaugurated on September 8, 1957, with a game between Real Zaragoza and CA Osasuna (4–3). The official capacity is 34,596, with an average attendance of around 20,000 for Real Zaragoza matches.

The stadium has gone through various upgrades, in 1977 and in 1982, when it was a 1982 FIFA World Cup venue. The stadium was also used for football group matches and a quarterfinal during the 1992 Summer Olympics. It became an all-seater stadium in 1994.

Plans to build a new stadium in Zaragoza have been abandoned.

La Romareda was proposed as the Olympic Stadium in Jaca's failed bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Works for the enlargement of La Romareda into a 43,000-seat stadium were due to begin on April 17, 2006 and end in time for the Zaragoza Expo of 2008. However, a lawsuit was filed by a political party (PAR), claiming that the enlargement of the stadium would be to the detriment of the population, in order to suspend the planned works. A judge ordered the suspension and the works were put on hold.

History[edit]

The construction of La Romareda was due to the efforts of the mayor Luis Gómez Laguna, and his successor Cesáreo Alierta, who was the president of Real Zaragoza. Their previous ground Estadio Torrero, with a capacity of 20,000, was considered too small.

environs at Estadio La Romareda

The matter was brought before the city council, who on 9 February 1956 approved the plans to build the stadium. The task of building the stadium was given to the construction company Agroman, who in the 15 months it took to build the stadium employed 350 employees.

Pop Superstar Michael Jackson performed at the stadium during his HIStory World Tour on September 24, 1996 in front of 45.000 of attendance.

Nets[edit]

La Romareda boasts the bizarre claim to have Europe's deepest goal nets, which stretch back four metres. The nets also have a striking blue and white diagonal stripe design.

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
1982-06-17  Yugoslavia 0–0  Northern Ireland Group 5 (First Round) 25,000
1982-06-21  Honduras 1–1  Northern Ireland Group 5 (First Round) 15,000
1982-06-24  Honduras 0–1  Yugoslavia Group 5 (First Round) 25,000

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