The Mediolanum Forum (originally the Forum di Assago, formerly the FilaForum and DatchForum) is an indoor sports arena that is located in Assago, near Milan, Italy. The arena has a seating capacity of 12,700 and is primarily used for basketball, ice hockey, tennis and live concerts.
|Full name||Mediolanum Forum di Assago|
|Former names||Forum di Assago (1990–93)|
|Address||Via Giuseppe di Vittorio 6|
20090 Assago MI Italy
|Opened||26 October 1990|
|Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (LBA) (1990–present)|
The Forum received the European Prize for Architecture for sports venues awarded by CONI and the Council of Europe. It is also one of two facilities in Italy, along with PalaLottomatica in Rome, to be part of the European Arenas Association network. In January 2009, the arena changed its name to the current name of Mediolanum Forum, replacing the old name of DatchForum.
History and ProjectEdit
The Forum of Assago was built by Giuseppe Cabassi and his son Luca in 1990. It was named in several different way due to different sponsorships during the years: from 1993 to 2006 it was named FilaForum, from 2006 to 2008 DatchForum and then, from 2008, MediolanumForum.
The venue is located in the big Milanofiori complex and it covers an area of 40,000 sqm. The layout of the rooms is organized on 4 superimposed levels below the stands of the central arena. There are also private panoramic rooms (called "SkyBox") on the top floor.
For the 2014 Euroleague Final Four the venue has been renovated and the capacity increased from 11,500 to 12,700.
Then it was again renovated in 2017, with new internal signs and new colors in the corridors of the rings, also including the reconstruction of the floor.
The arena hosted the 1994 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, the 2003 IIHF Continental Cup Superfinal of ice hockey (together with Lugano's Pista La Resega), WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown in 2007, and the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships.
Also, some matches of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball World Championship have been helded at the venue. The venue hosted some group phase matches at the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 which the country hosted alongside Czech Republic in Prague, Georgia in Tbilisi and Germany in Berlin/Cologne.
It will be the figure skating and short track venue during the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympic Games.
2014 Euroleague Final Four, the Final match
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Media related to Assago Forum at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Italian)