Club / Facilities / Remodelling El Sadar

A UNIQUE PROCESS IN THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL

During its more than half century of life, ‘El Sadar’ has become the temple and heart of Osasunism. However, overtime the stadium had shown some insurmountable shortcomings. Osasuna’s stadium did not have an Activity license and, in order to obtain it, it required a deep reform that would allow the sports facility to comply with the current security legislation. In addition, the entity was also obliged to install new lighting, required by LaLiga to comply with television requirements, which forced the club to replace the old roof, unable to support the weight of the new lighting required.

Faced with the obligation to undertake a basic reform that made the invest 8.5 million euros, the board of directors asked its members the possibility of carrying out a comprehensive reform that would increase the capacity of a stadium that had become too small and improve the comfort of the fans in it. At a press conference on 4 July 2018, the club's president, Luis Sabalza, announced that the reform of ‘El Sadar’ would be carried out through an open and participatory process. For the first time in the history of professional football, the members of a club would decide what their stadium would look like for the next few decades.

On the one hand, the members would decide whether to opt for a basic or comprehensive reform. And, on the other hand, which comprehensive reform project they would opt for, in case the members chose this type of reform as the majority one. That same day, the Club published the rules of an architectural competition to present comprehensive reform projects. The most notable feature of the competition was that the proposed reforms were required to be carried out on a turnkey basis and with the guarantee of a construction company, with a maximum of 16 million euros. Five projects were submitted to the competition and all of them passed the cut of a technical panel that supervised the process, composed of independent professionals with a great reputation in the field, as well as technicians from the Government of Navarra and Pamplona City Council.

At the same time, Osasuna took steps to ensure that its members had as much information about the process as possible. First of all, a web page was launched exclusively for the reform where, in addition to looking for information on the projects, a mailbox was set up in which members left suggestions that were later passed on to the architectural studios. Likewise, the partners were provided throughout the process with dossiers and detailed information that was sent to their e-mails.

75% OF MEMBERS VOTED IN THE POLL TO DECIDE THE REMODELLING OF THE STADIUM

The five comprehensive reform projects were presented on October 24, 2018, at a gala held at the University of Navarra Museum, to which the members of the entity were invited. The members also had a one-to-one meeting with the partners in the press room of ‘El Sadar’, where they were able to attend a detailed explanation of the projects and ask any questions they might have. All these events were broadcasted live on Osasuna's Youtube channel.

At a press conference held on January 22, Luis Sabalza informed of the dates of the vote, in which in all members of age would participate. The vote took place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 through an online system, which was developed by the specialized company ‘ADA Sistemas’, which has the highest safety certificates for processes of this type. And on the 23rd, coinciding with a match in ‘El Sadar’ against Real Zaragoza, the voting was carried out in person. The results were announced that night through the Club's communication channels, in a special program that was broadcasted live on the Club's Youtube channel.

 

The vote became the most participative in the history of Club Atlético Osasuna, as 8,409 members contributed with their decision to the process. 90.37% opted for a complete renovation of the stadium, an option chosen by 7,599 members. For its part, the basic reform had a total of 644 supporters, 7.66% of voters. The poll also yielded 162 blank votes (1.93%) and four invalid votes.

Among the projects of integral reform, the most voted was ‘Muro Rojo’ —Red Wall in English— (OFS Architects and VDR), for which 3,820 partners voted; 45.43% of the voters. The other options had the following results:

New Sadar (DNA Arquitectos and Victorino Vicente), 1,718 votes and a percentage of 20.43%; ‘Sadar Berria’ (TYM associated with Grupo Herce and Amenábar), 1,309 votes and a percentage of 15.57%; ‘Rojo-Azul’ (Vaíllo+Irigaray Arquitectos and ACR), 1,022 votes and a percentage of 12.15%; and ‘Fortaleza Rojilla’ (AH Asociados and Obenasa), 287 votes and a percentage of 3.41%.

Once the members of the Club decided, by a large majority, that ‘Muro Rojo’ would be the project that would guide the reform of the stadium —and after exposing the plan of viability of the reform—, the Board of Directors took the proposal of indebtedness of 16 million to the Members Meeting to request their authorization. At an Extraordinary General Assembly held on 2 March 2019, the members approved the debt by a majority of more than two thirds. The result of the vote, which was attended by 301 members, was as follows: yes 233 votes, no 62, abstentions 5 and null 1.

A few days later, on March 14, the Parliament of Navarre approved the granting of a guarantee to Osasuna to facilitate the credit that the entity had to request from the banks to carry out the reform. The work will be paid with resources from Osasuna. The negotiations carried out by the Club concluded satisfactorily and its proposal was widely supported by the Regional Parliament, as 41 of the 50 parliamentarians voted in favour, specifically the political groups UPN (15), Geroa Bai (9), EH Bildu (8), PSN (7) and PP (2). Podemos Orain Bai (7) abstained, while IE (2) voted against.

Thus, once the Osasuna sports season was over and the building permit had been granted by Pamplona City Council, the Club began the reform of ‘El Sadar’ last June 2019, beginning a process that will take an estimated one and a half years.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE LOAN

LOAN REQUESTED

16.000.000 €

PAID AT 07-09-2019

3.000.000 €

END OF THE LOAN

2036


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