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The Poliedro de Caracas ("Caracas Polyhedron Arena") is an indoor sports arena, located on the grounds adjacent to Hipodromo La Rinconada, in Caracas, Venezuela. It was designed by architect Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc., in Raleigh, NC, in 1971. However, the geodesic dome was not concluded, until 1974, when US firm Charter Industries, along with Synergetics, Inc. designed and manufactured the geodesic dome in Raleigh, NC.

Poliedro de Caracas
Poliedro de Caracas.jpg
The exterior of Poliedro de Caracas.
LocationCaracas, Venezuela
Coordinates10°26′01″N 66°56′18″W / 10.4337°N 66.9384°W / 10.4337; -66.9384Coordinates: 10°26′01″N 66°56′18″W / 10.4337°N 66.9384°W / 10.4337; -66.9384
OwnerPolyhedron Foundation of Caracas (Venezuelan State)
CapacityConcerts: 20,000
Sports: 13,500
Construction
OpenedMarch 26, 1974
Renovated2013
ArchitectThomas C. Howard
Tenants
2013 FIBA AmeriCup

It is housed beneath a geodesic dome, with a capacity of 20,000 people for concerts and 13,500 people for sporting events. The arena is used for concerts, sporting events such as basketball, volleyball, boxing, ice skating shows, and for circuses, and trade expositions, like auto shows, and expomuebles (furniture). Lately, it has also been used for government-sponsored political events.

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HistoryEdit

Poliedro de Caracas was finished in 1974, and officially inaugurated with the fight between George Foreman and Ken Norton, on March 26, 1974.[1] It also served as the stage for many local acts, like Melissa, Yordano and Ilan Chester, among others, in addition to international acts that visited Venezuela.

One of the main events that took place each year in El Poliedro (up to 2009), is the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant. The Poliedro was the main venue of the 2013 FIBA AmeriCup, which determined the final four participants of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Top concertsEdit

The following is an incomplete list of the most famous artists who have given concerts in the Poliedro de Caracas:

Country Artist Year
  UK Peter Frampton 1980
  UK The Police 1981
  UK Queen 1981
  CUB Irakere 1981
  CAN Saga 1982
  USA Van Halen 1983
  PRI Héctor Lavoe 1983
  USA Joan Jett 1984
  CAN Saga 1984
  ESP Obús 1984
  ESP Mecano 1987
  USA  VEN Quiet Riot & Franklin Holland Proyect 1986
  CAN Saga 1988
  ESP Mecano 1989
  USA Cyndi Lauper 1989
  ARG Soda Stereo 1991
  USA REO Speedwagon 1991
  COL Kraken 1991
  ITA Luciano Pavarotti 1991
  ESP Mecano 1992
  UK Marillion 1992
  USA Guns N' Roses 1992
  UK  VEN Iron Maiden & Gillman 1992
  USA REO Speedwagon 1992
  CUB Gloria Estefan 1992
  ARG Soda Stereo 1993
  UK Jon Anderson 1993
  USA Michael Jackson (cancelled) 1993
  USA Poison 1993
  GER  VEN Scorpions & Arkangel 1994
  USA Whitney Houston 1994
  SWE Roxette 1995
  ARG  COL Soda Stereo & Aterciopelados 1995
  ARG Charly García 1995
  ITA Laura Pausini 1997
  MEX Luis Miguel 1999
  USA  VEN Metallica & Gillman 1999
  UK UB40 1999
  COL Aterciopelados 1999
  CAN Alanis Morissette 1999
  COL Shakira 2000
  UK Eric Clapton 2001
  USA Backstreet Boys 2001
  COL Shakira 2003
  USA Dream Theater 2005
  USA Hilary Duff 2005
  USA  VEN Slipknot & Candy 66 2005
  GER Helloween 2006
  USA Slayer 2006
  USA Deftones 2006
  UK Jamiroquai 2006
  FRA Manu Chao 2006
  UK Fatboy Slim 2006
  UK Motörhead 2007
  MEX Luis Miguel 2007
  USA Incubus 2008
  USA My Chemical Romance 2008
  USA Nine Inch Nails 2008
  AUS Kylie Minogue 2008
  USA  VEN Guns N' Roses & Los Pixel 2010
  USA Aerosmith 2010
  CAN Cirque du Soleil 2013
  USA The Illusionists 2013
  USA Aerosmith 2013
  COL Aterciopelados 2014
  NED Nicky Romero 2014
  USA Romeo Santos 2014
  ENG  COL  VEN  ARG Carcass, Masacre, Krueger, Rata Blanca & Escudo 2014
  MEX  USA Brujeria & Dia De Los Muertos 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2010-05-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Poliedro de Caracas at Wikimedia Commons