Stade Armand-Cesari (Stade de Furiani)
|5,500 (Tribune Claude Papi (North))|
|2,990 (Tribune Pierre Cahuzac (West))|
|6,000 (Tribune Victor Lorenzi (South))|
|2,490 (Tribune Jojo Petrignani (East))|
|Renovations||1948, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2001, 2011, 2012|
|Record attendance||15 000 (SC Bastia - PSV Eindhoven, 26.04.1978)|
Description: Stade Armand-Cesari
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.
France: 30 years since the stadium tragedy in Furiani
May 5, 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of the tragedy at Stade Armand-Cesari in Furiani, French Corsica. Just before the French Cup semi-final match between Sporting Club bastiais and Olympique Marseille, the north stand collapsed. Nineteen people died and more than 2,350 were injured.
France: Bastia stadium waiting for salvation
After years of underinvestment the standard of Stade Armand Cesari is dramatically low even in the VIP area. Supporters demand action and forced all mayoral candidates to come up with a strategy for the stadium's short term future.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
France: Ligue 1 season ticket sales sees four records
According to domestic season ticket summary by info-stades.fr, four clubs of Ligue 1 reached an all-time high. However, only seven team across the country managed to sell over 10,000 season cards.
France: LFP closes Bastia stadium indefinitely after... nothing happened
Wednesday's game against Marseille was played behind closed doors as supporters were banned from the game. They still provided quite a show for their club outside the ground and for this reason LFP decided to close Stade Armand-Cesari until further notice.