Rugby: Biarritz Olympique must renovate Ministadium Anoeta to move to San Sebastian

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Biarritz Olympique presidents Louis-Vincent Gave and Jean-Baptiste Aldigé want to invest 12 to 15 million euros in a “mini stadium” adjacent to Anoeta, Spain, in order to play their home matches there.

Biarritz Olympique wants to cross the Pyrenees! According to this El Diario VascoThe Basque rugby club wants to make Ministadium Anoeta its main stadium and plans to participate financially in the renovation of the San Sebastian sports venue. Discussions are ongoing between interested parties and the proposal is known to San Sebastian City Hall.

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Financially backed by Louis-Vincent Gave, co-founder and CEO of GaveKal Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment company, “BO” is able to provide 12 to 15 million euros to successfully spearhead the project. However, according to information from the Spanish newspaper, Biarritz city hall will have to pay the same amount, while San Sebastian city hall will decrease by six million euros.

A venue for 11,000 people in Spain

The mini-stadium adjacent to Anoëta will be transformed into a modern 11,000-seat sports arena with artificial turf. Architects are currently working on the project. However, the club’s head office will remain in Biarritz. The training centre, training sessions and rugby school will also remain at the Aguilera stadium, and its renovation with 10,000 seats to LNR standards is also planned by the municipality of Biarritz.

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Already at the end of 2021, the mayors and town hall of Biarritz were torn apart due to Aguilera’s renovation. Dialogue between the two sides has been revived since this summer, but it appears the Aguilera issue is no longer on the table. Presidents Gavé and Aldigé believe that Aviron Bayonnais has vamped the market on the northern side of the Basque Country by renovating the Jean-Dauger stadium in the meantime. The “red and white” are therefore targeting Spain and the south of the Pyrenees to improve and return to the Top 14.

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