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St. Jakobshalle is an arena in Münchenstein, near Basel, Switzerland. It is primarily used for indoor sports and concert events. The St. Jakobshalle holds 9,000 people and was opened in September 1976. It is the home of the Swiss Indoors men's tennis tournament.

St. Jakobshalle
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LocationMünchenstein, Switzerland
Coordinates47°32′23″N 7°37′07″E / 47.53972°N 7.61861°E / 47.53972; 7.61861Coordinates: 47°32′23″N 7°37′07″E / 47.53972°N 7.61861°E / 47.53972; 7.61861
OwnerCity of Basel
Capacity9,000 (Grand Hall)
1,500 (Small Hall)
1,500 (Hall 2)
Construction
Broke groundApril 19, 1971
OpenedSeptember 26, 1976
Renovated2015–2018[1]
ArchitectGiovanni Panozzo[2]
Tenants
EHC Basel (1976–2002)
Website
www.stjakobshalle.ch

The building has different sized halls and rooms, which are used for all types of events. Each year, the world's elite badminton players gather for their international grand prix tournament and the best European Sepak takraw players meet.

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The Swiss Indoors men's annual tennis tournament is held at the St. Jakobshalle since 1975 and the Women's Top Volley International since 1989. International equestrian tournament CSI Basel is held at the venue every year since 2010. Other sporting events include the 1986 World Men's Handball Championship, 1991 Swiss Open, 1998 IIHF World Championship, 2006 European Men's Handball Championship and the World Men's Curling Championship in 2012 and 2016.

It was the home of EHC Basel ice hockey team from 1976 to 2002 before the team moved to the St. Jakob Arena, which opened in October 2002.

According to Bob Dylan's biography Chronicles: Volume One, he decided after a concert at St. Jakobshalle to go on the Never Ending Tour.

After the success of the Swiss tennis player and Basel native Roger Federer, the Basel sports director has announced the arena is to be renamed the 'Roger Federer Arena' following the current renovation.[3]

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