NEWS
Saturday September 9 2017
Cagliari open Sardegna Arena

Cagliari open their new Sardegna Arena on Sunday with a Serie A match against Crotone, their new home for at least four years.

The stadium is built next to the old Stadio Sant’Elia, which will be demolished in November to begin building a more permanent structure.

The FIGC gave the all-clear to start playing at the Sardegna Arena this weekend and the opening game will be against Crotone.

Built in 127 days by 200 workers in the boiling heat of a Sardinian summer, the Sardegna Arena seats 16,233.

Cagliari Calcio have shown their gratitude to the builders who worked tirelessly to create this new structure, as the team brought them cold beer after a training session last month.

The construction workers will be given a lap of honour, saluted by the fans, ahead of the Serie A match with Crotone.

“I am proud that we maintained our promises,” said project manager Stefano Signorelli.

“It has been non-stop since May 3. I’ve seen many stadiums, particularly those in the Netherlands, and have taken elements from each of them.

“The construction workers deserve to be thanked, as they raced against time and Italian bureaucracy to get this finished.”

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