STADIUM STORIES – CAGLIARI’S SARDEGNA ARENA

Parma, 12 February  2019 – The Sardegna Arena is the stadium which will host the match between Cagliari and Parma on Saturday. Let’s get to know its history a bit better.

The Sardegna Arena came about as a result of the need to provide Cagliari a stadium that could host matches after the decision was made to demolish the Sant’Elia so it could be reconstructed. After the Sardinian side played a few matches in Trieste and at the Is Arenas in Quartu Sant’Elena, it was decided that a stadium would be built next to the Sant’Elia in anticipation of the construction work at the stadium being completed.

Therefore, the Sardegna Arena is the temporary home of the team from Sardinia’s capital. Built on one of Sant’Elia’s car parks, work started there in May 2017, with the stadium being completed in September of the same year. It was then inaugurated as Cagliari played Crotone on 10 September 2017.

The stadium, which was built using prefabricated components, has a capacity of 16,000 and contains all that is needed for matchday, from changing rooms to a press room. There is no athletics track at the ground, with the stands being a maximum of seven metres from the pitch.

The Sardegna Arena is Cagliari’s sixth stadium in their history. The team have played on pitches at viale Trieste and via Pola, where Cagliari achieved promotion to Serie B. In the 1950s, the club moved to the Stadio Amisicota, which was their home as they were promoted to Serie A in 1964 and won the Scudetto in 1970. After this success, Cagliari moved to Sant’Elia, which – apart from when Cagliari played at the IS Arenas – the club used until the 2016/17 season.