Unipol Domus (Sardegna Arena)
|3,272 (Covered seats)|
|415 (Away section)|
|Other names||Sardegna Arena (2017–2021)|
|Construction||04/2017 - 08/2017|
|Contractor||Blue Shark srl|
Unipol Domus – stadium description
When Stadion Sant'Elia was declared too dated and ill-maintained for professional football in 2012, Cagliari Calcio began to search for a temporary venue. Except there was none across Sardegna, which caused the team's short relocation to Trieste and return to the island with a new scheme.
New, temporary stadium, was quickly assembled in Quartu Sant'Elena, as Is Arenas, just east of Cagliari. It took the site of an old athletic stadium, giving Quartu Sant'Elena a new permanent grandstand, while three remaining sides received temporary sections. In total the stadium was able to hold 16,500 people, which would have been enough if not for constant safety issues that made sustainable use of the structure impossible.
Cagliari were thus forced to find one more alternative and settled their dispute with the city, sealing a return to Stadio Sant'Elia once more. In 2013 the team took three stands from Is Arenas and rebuilt them within Sant'Elia's old concrete bowl. This was always considered a short-term move, though.
In 2015 it was decided that Sant'Elia will be demolished and replaced by a new structure, built privately by Cagliari Calcio. All that was left was to relocate the temporary auditorium once more, this time to Sant'Elia's parking site, just 200 meters east. The C-shaped sections were there joined by a purpose-built western main grandstand, established from scratch.
The city of Cagliari transfered rights to the land, allowing construction to begin in April of 2017. With simple, modular and tubular structure, the stadium was built within a short period of under 4 months and with a budget of just €8 million. It then had 16,200 seats, later expanded in 2018 by two western corners and reaching 16,400. The venue remains temporary and is expected to be demolished when the new Cagliari stadium (on the site of Sant'Elia) is ready.
How Unipol Domus compares to other Serie A stadiums?
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The owners of Serie B club Cagliari Calcio have announced the finalisation of the design phase of their new home venue. The plans now await approval from the municipal authorities, which is expected to happen within a few months. The tender procedure can then proceed.
Italy: Cagliari aims for Euro in new stadium
The start of construction of Cagliari Calcio's new stadium is getting closer. The club recently signed an agreement with the company that will lead the investment. It is also known that the capital of Sardinia will host the matches of Euro 2032, if Italy earns the privilege of hosting the tournament.
Italy: Two steps forward for Cagliari Calcio
The city of Cagliari approved changes to local zoning yesterday. This, combined with the club’s announcement of general contractor selection, clears the way for construction.
Italy: New facts about the new stadium of Cagliari
Beautiful at the very first sight. So, happy to get a little bit more about the new home for Cagliari Calcio. It is predicted the final design and a tender will be announced in 2021.
Sardegna: Cagliari confirms stadium timeline
As announced recently, the football club has commissioned the final design from Sportium. Tender for its construction is scheduled for next year, which means delivery by 2024 is safe.
Italy: Will Serie A get an infrastructural fund?
Talks between the league and CVC Capital Partners could lead to additional resources being available for stadium redevelopment projects. The transaction could be worth €2.2 billion.
Sardegna: Cagliari working on altered documentation
It's not the first time changes are required, but this time it's because of the coronavirus pandemic. Architects are now working on documentation without all of the secondary commercial uses planned beside the new Cagliari Arena.