Morača Sports Center

Morača Sports Centre (Montenegrin: Sportski centar Morača, Спортски центар Морача) is a multi-sports venue that is located in Podgorica, Montenegro.

Morača Sports Centre
Sportski centar Morača
Morača Sports Center.jpg
Exterior of the Morača Sports Centre
LocationPodgorica, Montenegro
Coordinates42°26′16″N 19°15′15″E / 42.43778°N 19.25417°E / 42.43778; 19.25417Coordinates: 42°26′16″N 19°15′15″E / 42.43778°N 19.25417°E / 42.43778; 19.25417
OwnerCity of Podgorica
Capacity6,000[1]
Construction
Opened1978
Renovated2005, 2018
Expanded2018
Construction cost€4.5 million euros (2018 renovation)
Tenants
KK Budućnost
ŽRK Budućnost

The venue is located in the new part of Podgorica, on the right bank of Morača River, after which it got its name. Construction of the sports complex began in 1978, and various sporting facilities are scattered within it, across a five hectare area. Besides being a sports venue, Morača Sports Centre also hosts various concerts and events.

HistoryEdit

The new venue was inaugurated with a friendly basketball game between the Yugoslav national team and Wichita State University.[2]

The complex's main indoor hall hosted six preliminary-round games of EuroBasket 2005. The venue underwent a major refurbishment for the tournament in order to meet the arena standards imposed by FIBA.

With the immense growth of the popularity of water polo in Montenegro, two brand new open-air swimming pools were added to the facility in 2009, which also hosted the 2009 FINA Water Polo World League.

In 2018, the arena's main hall underwent renovations and expansion, in order to meet the arena standards of the EuroLeague. Its seating capacity was increased to 6,000, and VIP lounges were also added. The cost of the renovation project was €4.5 million euros.[3][4] Also, former indoor pool arena (which was in disrepair and unused for over a decade) was repurposed as a basketball / volleyball / handball hall, with seating capacity of 2,200. The venue will host the 2022 European Women's Handball Championship for the preliminary rounds.

FacilitiesEdit

 
Entrance to the main hall in 2015

The sports complex's main indoor hall serves as the primary multi-purpose indoor arena in Podgorica. It is best known as home arena of SD Budućnost Podgorica's basketball, volleyball and handball teams.

Sporting events hostedEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reconstruction of the Sports Center Morača
  2. ^ Duško Ivanović: Nadam se da ću jednog dana biti selektor Crne Gore;"Vijesti, 27 July 2017
  3. ^ Reconstruction of the Sports Center Morača
  4. ^ RENOVIRANJE SC MORAČA.
  5. ^ "SC Morača Sadržaji". pgsport.me (in Serbian). Retrieved 15 April 2018.

External linksEdit