Estadio de La Romareda is the home stadium of Real Zaragoza, in Zaragoza. It was inaugurated on September 8, 1957, with a game between Real Zaragoza and CA Osasuna (4-3). The official capacity is 34,596, with an average attendance of around 30,000, for Real Zaragoza matches.
The stadium has gone through various upgrades, in 1977 and in 1982, when it was a 1982 FIFA World Cup venue. The stadium was also used for football group matches and a quarterinal during the 1992 Summer Olympics. It became an all seater stadium in 1994.
Plans to build a new stadium in Zaragoza have been abandoned.
La Romareda was proposed as the Olympic Stadium in Jaca's failed bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Works for the enlargement of La Romareda into a 43,000-seater stadium were due to begin on April 17, 2006 and end in time for the Zaragoza Expo of 2008. However, a lawsuit was filed by a political party (PAR), claiming that the enlargement of the stadium would be to the detriment of the population, in order to suspend the planned works. A judge ordered the suspension and the works were put on hold.History
The construction of La Romareda was due to the efforts of the mayor, Luis Gómez Laguna, and his successor Cesáreo Alierta, who happened to be the president of Real Zaragoza. Their previous ground Estadio Torrero with a capacity of only 20,000 was considered too small.
The matter was brought before the city council, who on the 9 February, 1956 approved the plans to build the stadium. The task of building the stadium was given to the construction company Agroman, who in the 15 months it took to build the stadium employed 350 employees.Reference
- 1992 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. pp. 331-3.
- Spain 0-1 Greece (2004 UEFA Euro qualification)