The Stožice Arena (Slovene: Arena Stožice) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It was designed by Slovenian Sadar Vuga d.o.o. architects and is the biggest indoor arena in the country. It lies in the Bežigrad district, north of the city centre. The arena is part of the Stožice Sports Park sports complex.

Stožice Arena
Zmajevo gnezdo (The Dragon's Nest)
Arena Stožice (SLO).jpg
LocationLjubljana, Slovenia
Coordinates46°4′52″N 14°31′17″E / 46.08111°N 14.52139°E / 46.08111; 14.52139Coordinates: 46°4′52″N 14°31′17″E / 46.08111°N 14.52139°E / 46.08111; 14.52139
OwnerCity Municipality of Ljubljana
OperatorJavni zavod Šport Ljubljana
Capacity12,480 (basketball, handball, volleyball)[1]
14,500 (music events)
10,500 (hockey)
Record attendance17,000 (concert)
SurfaceAdaptable
Construction
Broke ground2009
Built2010
Opened10 August 2010
Construction cost€66.3 million[2]
ArchitectSadar Vuga architects d.o.o.
General contractorGrep d.o.o.
Tenants
Slovenia national basketball team
KK Cedevita Olimpija

The arena is the home ground of basketball club KK Cedevita Olimpija.

HistoryEdit

The stadium was named after the area in which it is located, and the change of the name is possible in the future due to sponsorship rights. Together with a football stadium it is part of the Stožice Sports Park. The arena building area measures 14,164 square meters. It was constructed in just 14 months and opened on 10 August 2010 with a basketball match between Slovenia and Spain, which was won by Spain 79–72 after overtime.[3]

The arena has a capacity of 12,480 seats for basketball[4] and is located in the north-western part of the park. The four levels of concourses and the lower, VIP and upper stands are covered by a shell-shaped dome. The arena is used for indoor sports such as basketball, handball and volleyball and is the home venue of KK Cedevita Olimpija. The arena is one of the main venues of Slovenian national team in most indoor sports except ice hockey for which the arena is not suitable and could only host if ice cooling machines would be implemented. Alongside the stadium the arena is also designed to host many cultural events.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Eurobasket2013.org THE ARENA Stozice Arena Capacity: 12500. Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ http://image.24ur.com/media/document//60515326.pdf
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Eurobasket2013.org THE ARENA Stozice Arena Capacity: 12500. Archived 5 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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Preceded by
Žalgiris Arena
Kaunas
FIBA EuroBasket
Final Venue

2013
Succeeded by
Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Lille
Preceded by
Kombank Arena
Belgrade
UEFA Futsal Championship
Final Venue

2018
Succeeded by
TBD