SC Bastia

Short history

The Stade Armand Cesari, often referred to as Stade de Furiani, officially opened on the 16th of October 1932.

For most of its existence, the stadium was a very small affair with just a tiny covered main stand and small open terraces on the other sides.

Until the 1977/78 season when Bastia reached the UEFA Cup final, never more than 10,000 people had packed into the stadium. While capacity got temporarily increased for the final to 15,000 places, it soon dropped to below 10,000 again.

In 1992, Stade Armand Cesari still had not changed much when Marseille came to visit for the semi-final of the Coupe de France. Bastia’s board decided to tear down the small and dilapidated north stand, and double the stadium’s capacity by building a new makeshift scaffold-type stand.

Lack of time, failing safety procedures, and fraudulent actions resulted in critical construction errors, and ten minutes before kick-off the upper part of the stand collapsed, resulting in the death of 18 fans and injuring over 2,000 more.

Five years later, in 1997, a new two-tiered north stand opened. Two years earlier, a basic new stand had already been built at one of the ends, and a few years later a similar new stand would get built at the other end.

In 2009, the south stand got destroyed by a fire, and plans were presented for a new covered two-tiered stand. The new stand opened in 2011. Right after, the north stand got extensively refurbished and fitted with a roof.

Important events

Semi-final against Marseille during the Coupe de France.

Final of UEFA Cup 1978 against PSV Eindhoven.