Glammed up look for Armand-Cesari Stadium


France SC Bastia redevelopments Image: Cumunita D’Agglumerazione Di Bastia

The final phase home venue repurposing work of the French Ligue 2 football club SC Bastia – the Armand-Cesari Stadium in Furiani, France – was revealed recently. It was uncovered by the Communauté d’Agglomération de Bastia (CAB) which owns the stadium. The revamp work will bring about a 360 degree change in the ‘look’ of the stadium.

‘Agglomeration Community of Bastia’ stated that many entities have come together to chalk out the blueprint and it reflects the strong desire of the community and the people to boast a stadium which would mirror the culture and traditions of Corsica (France).

The Sporting Club Bastia is a Corsican association football club based in Bastia on the island of Corsica, France. The club plays in Ligue 2, the second tier of French football, having won the 2020-2021 Championnat National. The club plays its home matches at the Armand Cesari Stadium located within the City.

The Armand-Cesari Stadium, also known as the Stade de Furiani, is a multipurpose stadium in Furiani, France. It is currently used mostly for football matches of SC Bastia. The stadium is able to hold 16,000 people and opened in the year 1932.

The Agglomeration Community of Bastia is the agglomeration community, an intercommunal structure, centered in the City of Bastia. It is located in the Haute-Corse Department, in the Corsica region, Southeastern France. Created in 2001, its seat is in Bastia. Its area is 68.1 km².

A redecoration plan was drawn out for the facility 32 years back, but it just gathered dust. But in the midst considerable capital has been injected to spruce up the stadium. The price tag of the final phase revamp work which will be carried out now stands at €52m and the nod was given to the same in July this year.

‘Agglomeration Community of Bastia’ further stated that A+ Architect and D+ Architecture have been appointed by the CAB to carry out the development and work will start on the same in the first half of 2024 and is expected to take 24 months to complete.

Project Features:

  • A new roof for the East and West stands;
  • A 300 square meter museum;
  • The North Stand will come armed with an eatery;
  • Roof extension for the North and South stands;
  • Fan zone;
  • Spiffy media facilities; and
  • The South Stand to boast conference rooms.

Though the main focus at the venue will be football, however, the CAB hopes that the reconfiguration work will make the Armand-Cesari Stadium a multiuse one to hold events in rugby, tennis as well as concerts.

The stadium had gone through a dark phase when a stand collapsed at the arena way back in May 1992 leading to 18 people losing their lives. The tragic incident occurred during the Coupe de France semi-final game between Bastia and the Ligue 1 team Olympique de Marseille and the painful memories still linger on.

It is hoped that the major rejig work which will be carried out now will act as a balm in this dark chapter of the arena.

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