Club: CA Osasuna | Opening: 1967 | Capacity: 23,500 seats
History and description
Estadio El Sadar, previously also known as Estadio Reyno de Navarra, replaced Osasuna’s old Campo de San Juan. El Sadar opened on 2 September 1967 with a three-team tournament involving Osasuna, Real Zaragoza, and Portuguese side Vitoria de Setúbal.
The stadium could initially hold about 25,000 spectators, of which 7,000 seated, but it got further expanded in 1989 when a new main stand was built. Soon after, however, capacity decreased again to just under 20,000 when the stadium was turned into an all-seater.
In 2005, Estadio El Sadar changed name to Estadio Reyno de Navarra in return for financial support that the club had received from the city of Pamplona. Reyno de Navarro was the brand used to promote tourism in the Navarra region. The stadium reverted back to its original name in 2013.
In 2017, the club president announced plans for a redevelopment of El Sadar, and one year later several proposals were presented between which the club members could choose. They chose overwhelmingly for an extensive redevelopment including the enlargement of the three stands except the main stand by adding a second tier and erecting a roof over the entire stadium.
Works started in 2019 and were completed one year later in 2020, raising capacity to 23,500 seats.
How to get to Estadio El Sadar
Estadio El Sadar is located on the southern edge of Pamplona at about 2.5 kilometres from Pamplona’s city centre and 4 kilometres from the rail station.
The walk from Pamplona’s city centre takes about 30 minutes, but you can also use bus 11 to get to the stadium. Take the bus from Plaza Pincipe de Viana in the direction of Cordevilla or Parque Comercial Galaria. Get off at Sadar, which is right in front of the stadium.
From the railway station take bus 16. Take the bus in the direction of Beriain Pza Larre and get off at Zaragoza 84, from where it is a short walk to the stadium.
Buses leave at least every half an hour. It is a 20-minute ride from the centre and 5 minutes more from the train station.
Address: Calle Sadar s/n, 31006 Pamplona
Eat, drink, and sleep near Estadio El Sadar
Estadio El Sadar is located on the edge of the city in an area that is mainly composed of modern apartment blocks. There is little in terms of entertainment in the immediate area, though there is a retail park with a few fast food outlets a 15-minute walk south of the stadium. Apart from that, eating and drinking is best done in Pamplona’s city centre.
In the same area south of the stadium you can find Hotel Zenit, and not too far away Hotel Bed4U. Both get good reviews, but are most of all convenient for those arriving by car. Click here for an overview of all hotels near Estadio El Sadar.
Alternatively, there is a reasonable selection of hotels in different price categories in the city centre of Pamplona.
Tickets for Osasuna games can be bought at the ticket booths of El Sadar on the day before the match and the day of the match.
Osasuna don’t normally sell out, but buying in advance is recommended for local derbies or other high-profile matches.
Ticket prices typically range from €30.00 for the upper parts of the main stand to €65.00 of the central parts of the main stand.
Osasuna.es – Official website of CA Osasuna.
Turismodepamplona.es – Official tourism website of the Pamplona city council.
Infotus.es – Osasuna public transport information.
MCP.es – Osasuna public transport journey planner.
Photo credits: Stuart MacDonald