Mediolanum Forum

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[1] and is primarily used for basketball, ice hockey, tennis and live concerts.

Mediolanum Forum
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Full nameMediolanum Forum di Assago
Former namesForum di Assago (1990–93)
FilaForum (1993–2006)
DatchForum (2006–08)
AddressVia Giuseppe di Vittorio 6
20090 Assago MI Italy
LocationGrande Milano
Coordinates45°24′4″N 9°8′32″E / 45.40111°N 9.14222°E / 45.40111; 9.14222Coordinates: 45°24′4″N 9°8′32″E / 45.40111°N 9.14222°E / 45.40111; 9.14222
OwnerForumNet Group
Capacity12,700
Construction
Broke ground1988
Opened26 October 1990
Renovated2017
Tenants
Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (LBA) (1990–present)
Website
Venue Website

The venue is the home ground of the EuroLeague and Italian Serie A professional basketball team AX Armani Exchange Milan.

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.[2] In January 2009, the arena changed its name to the current name of Mediolanum Forum, replacing the old name of DatchForum.[3]

History and ProjectEdit

 
The central arena during the 2014 Euroleague Final Four

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.

Entertainment eventsEdit

SportsEdit

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.

Since 2011, the Forum has also been home to La Grande Sfida, the annual tennis exhibition event played every Christmas. The arena also hosted the edition of the 2014 EuroLeague Final Four[22]

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.

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ MediolanumForumn.it Chi Siamo.
  3. ^ Numeroventi.com Il Datchforum cambia nome, nasce il MEDIOLANUM FORUM (in Italian).
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  10. ^ "Katy Perry, foto report al Mediolanum Forum di Assago, Milano – 21 febbraio 2015". Jay Mag. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  11. ^ "Le canzoni che Katy Perry ha cantato a Milano". On Stage. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  12. ^ "Le foto del maestoso show di Katy Perry a Milano". On Stage. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
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  14. ^ "Biglietti concerto 5 Seconds Of Summer a Torino e Milano Maggio 2015". Team World. 2014-09-06. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  15. ^ "5 Seconds Of Summer: concerto a Torino, 8 maggio 2015 – foto". Cube Magazine. 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  16. ^ "Lo show di Ellie Goulding colora Milano". Laura Ritagliati. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  17. ^ "Muse Milano 2016 biglietti: polemica per il sold out; ticket ancora disponibili". daringtodo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  18. ^ "twenty one pilots announce world tour dates". .altpress.com. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  19. ^ Ascione, Arianna (2016-11-17). "Bruno Mars tour 2017, appuntamento a Bologna e Milano: date e biglietti". Milano Weekend. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  20. ^ Italia, Rolling Stone. "Elio e le storie tese, il nuovo album è 'Arrivedorci'". Rolling Stone Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  21. ^ Scott Bernstein (2 October 2019). "Eric Clapton Announces European Tour 2020". Jam Base Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  22. ^ Euroleague.net Milan, Italy to host 2014 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four. and, in the same year, the finals of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Assago Forum at Wikimedia Commons