The Pala Alpitour (Palasport Olimpico or PalaIsozaki) is a multipurpose indoor sports/concert arena that is located in the Santa Rita district of Turin, Italy. It is a few metres east of the Olympic Stadium. The arena has a seating capacity of 12,350 when it is configured for ice hockey, and it is the largest indoor sporting arena in Italy. The arena was originally built at a cost of €87 million euros, for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and long with the Torino Esposizioni, it hosted the ice hockey events.
|Former names||PalaOlimpico (2005–2014)|
|Location||Corso Sebastopoli 123, Torino, Italy|
|Owner||City of Turin|
|Capacity||14,350 (ice hockey)|
15,657 (center stage)
13,347 (end stage)
|Opened||December 13, 2005|
|Construction cost||$111 million|
|Architect||Arata Isozaki, Pier Paolo Maggiora, Marco Brizio|
Since its opening, the Pala Alpitour has become one of Italy's most booked venues for large-scale concerts. It is also the largest capacity venue in Italy for these type of events, with the allowed maximum capacities set at 15,657 for general admission center-stage concerts, and 13,347 maximum capacity for general admission end-stage concerts. On August 8, 2014, the arena was renamed to Pala Alpitour.
The design of the building was the subject of an international competition, which was won by a team led by architect Arata Isozaki of Tokyo. The design study was composed by Archa S.P.A. Turin, Italy Arup s.r.l. Milan, Ing. Joseph Amaro, Arch. Marco Brizio. The venue was designed by the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and the Italian architect Pier Paolo Maggiora, and it is a part of the larger sports complex that is known as the Central Compartment of Olympic stadiums, and also includes the Swimming Hall and park parade ground.
The futuristic building's exterior has a strict rectangular Cartesian coated stainless steel and glass structure, with a base of 183 by 100 metres. It is spread over four levels, of which two are underground (up to 7.5 metres below ground) and two outdoors (up to 12 metres high). The overall length of the structure is about 200 metres.
The structure, designed to be a veritable factory of events, using the words of its architect. The arena is completely flexible and adaptable in its internal structure, and with the arrangement of the stands. Due to a modern system of movable and retractable bleachers, and also the option of a temporary movable deck. The structure's acoustics are also adaptable.
The arena is a kind of magic box, and was actually designed to host many different types of events post the 2006 Winter Olympics. The arena can host events such as ice hockey, athletics, and various other indoor sports, as well as indoor concerts, conventions, exhibitions, events, parades, shows, religious gatherings, etc. Its maximum capacity is 18,500 seats, when in concert mode.
It opened in 2005 and has seats for 12,350 spectators. It also has a practice rink. It served as one of the venues hosting the ice hockey events at the 2006 Winter Olympics, including the finals.
In basketball, the Pala Alpitour hosted the 2008–09 EuroCup Basketball final stage, and the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Palasport was due to host the 2010-11 season's Final Four of the EuroLeague, as announced on February 16, 2010, but the event was later moved to the Palau Sant Jordi, in Barcelona. It was one of the three main venues of the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men, which was held in Italy, the Philippines, and Serbia on July 4–10, 2016.
The mixed martial arts events Bellator 152 and Bellator 176 were held at Pala Alpitour. The third and final round of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship are also scheduled to be held at the venue.
Pala Alpitour has become one of the main venue for music events in Italy. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Madonna, Rihanna, U2, Florence and the Machine, 5 Seconds of Summer, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande, Shakira, Tiziano Ferro, Il Volo, Elisa and Marco Mengoni have performed in the arena.
In 2007, the venue hosted the opening ceremony of the XXIII Winter Universiade.
- Euroleague Final Four bound for Turin, Italy in 2011!
- Pala Alpitour is Italy's largest arena (article in Italian)
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- "Italy, Philippines and Serbia to host Olympic Qualifying Tournaments; France to stage Women's Tournament". FIBA. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
- "Preolimpico in Italia, è pronta Torinos". Corriere dello Sport. Retrieved 16 September 2015.