Stade Armand-Cesari (Stade de Furiani)

Capacity17 000
5,500 (Tribune Claude Papi (North))
2,990 (Tribune Pierre Cahuzac (West))
6,000 (Tribune Victor Lorenzi (South))
2,490 (Tribune Jojo Petrignani (East))
Country France
ClubsSC Bastia
Inauguration 16.10.1932
Renovations 1948, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2011, 2012
Record attendance 15 000 (SC Bastia - PSV Eindhoven, 26.04.1978)


Stade Armand-Cesari – stadium description

Most important stadium of Corsica was built in 1932 and for decades hasn't changed much, becoming much dilapidated and incomparable in terms of size with major French grounds back on the continent. And still it became famous Europe-wide in 1978 with local side SC Bastia advancing all the way to UEFA Cup final and only loosing in a controversial two-leg tie with PSV Eindhoven.

Another reason for fame is completely different, unfortunately. On May 5th 1992 a giant temporary stand for almost 10,000 people collapsed when filled with fans eager to watch a fixture against Olympique Marseille. Around 30% of the stand in its highest part fell down, bringing death to 18 people and injuries (often permanent disabilities) to 2,357 people.

In 1993 plans were drawn to rebuild the ground completely stand after stand. Implementation began in 1994 with the East stand occupied by most vocal supporters. Then in 1997 came the tragic North stand converted into a massive double-tier grandstand. In 2001 new West stand was opened and South redeveloped in 2011. Covering of two double-tiered stands alongside the pitch lasted until mid-2012. Of the 1993 plan only second tier and cover over the East of the stadium hasn't been built.



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