The BTarena is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The arena was previously called the Polyvalent Hall but was renamed on 17 October 2017 when the facility entered into a new arena-naming rights agreement with Banca Transilvania.[3][4] The venue holds 10,000 people in its largest configuration. The building is located next to the Cluj Arena.[5]

The arena during Fed Cup 2018
Former namesPolyvalent Hall (2014–2017)
LocationCluj-Napoca, Romania
Coordinates46°46′1.1″N 23°34′13.4″E / 46.766972°N 23.570389°E / 46.766972; 23.570389
OperatorCluj-Napoca City Council
Capacity10,000 (tennis, basketball, handball)
10,000 (concerts, kickboxing, MMA)[2]
Opened21 October 2014
Construction cost16.5 million + 3.5 million
(€21.5 million in 2019 euros)[1]
ArchitectDico și Țigănaș
Structural engineerPlan 31
General contractorSC CON-A SA
Main contractorsNisal
U-BT Cluj-Napoca (Divizia A)
Universitatea Cluj-Napoca (Liga Naţională)

History edit

The arena opened on 21 October 2014. The arena hosted a concert, on 31 October 2014, by English musician James Blunt, who sang from his album Moon Landing. The concert had an attendance of upwards of 6,000.[6][7]

It hosted the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015.[8]

The arena's seating capacity for basketball games was expanded to 10,000 seats for the EuroBasket 2017.[2] The renovation work on the arena's existing stands began after the 2017 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.[9] It was used again as one of the two venues for the 2020 FIBA Under-17 Women's Basketball World Cup.

It hosted the 2023 Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships from July 7 to 9.

It will be used for the main round of the 2026 European Women's Handball Championship.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices: All Items for Romania
  2. ^ a b 10 000 de locuri la Sala Polivalentă în 2017 (in Romanian).
  3. ^ "Banca Transilvania a semnat n contract pe cinci ani cu arena clujeană" (in Romanian). Total Baschet. 18 October 2017.
  4. ^ "A început amenajarea suprafeţei de zgură la BT Arena din Cluj-Napoca, pentru întâlnirea România – Elveţia, din FedCup" (in Romanian). Telekom Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Sala Polivalentă, gata de inaugurare" (in Romanian). Cotidianul Transilvan. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Sase mii de oameni au asistat la concertul lui James Blunt din Cluj" (in Romanian). Pro TV. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  7. ^ "TOUR DATES" (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  8. ^ "DreamHack Open- Cluj-Napoca". DreamHack. Archived from the original on November 18, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "10 000 de locuri la Sala Polivalentă în 2017" (in Romanian). Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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