Unipol Arena (previously known as Futureshow Station and PalaMalaguti) is an indoor sporting arena located in Casalecchio di Reno, Province of Bologna, Italy. The seating capacity of the arena for basketball games is 11,000 people, and the seating capacity for concerts is 20,000 people.[3] It was opened in December 1993.[4] It is currently home to the Virtus Bologna basketball team.

Unipol Arena
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Former namesPalaMalaguti (1993–2008)
Futurshow Station (2008–2011)
LocationVia Gino Cervi, 2 40033 Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna[1]
Coordinates44°29′9.01″N 11°14′53.26″E / 44.4858361°N 11.2481278°E / 44.4858361; 11.2481278Coordinates: 44°29′9.01″N 11°14′53.26″E / 44.4858361°N 11.2481278°E / 44.4858361; 11.2481278
OwnerCostructa Spa - Bologna
OperatorClaudio Sabatini[1]
CapacityBasketball: 11,000
Concerts: 20,000
Construction
Built1993
OpenedDecember 1993
Renovated2008–2009
Expanded2016
ArchitectStudio Arco (Mauro Checcoli, Maria Beatrice Bergamaschi), Luigi Villano and Franco Zarri[2]
Tenants
Virtus Bologna (1993–present)
Fortitudo Bologna (1997–1999)
Website
www.unipolarena.it

HistoryEdit

During the year 2008, the arena had restyling works, which included a new museum dedicated to Virtus' history, four new JumboTrons, new white seats and black stairs, and new white parquet. In October 2011, the arena changed its name to the current Unipol Arena, in a name sponsorship marketing deal, which was scheduled to last through 2016.[5]

In summer 2016, the capacity of the arena for basketball games increased from 8,650 up to 11,000. The arena was also connected to a suburban train station. Other museums were also built, one dedicated to Futurshow, and one dedicated to Luciano Pavarotti.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Info, contatti e crediti (in Italian)
  2. ^ "Wikiwix's cache". archive.wikiwix.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  3. ^ LA STRUTTURA (in Italian).
  4. ^ Salaborsa, Biblioteca. "1993 - Il PalaMalaguti di Ceretolo - Cronologia di Bologna dal 1796 a oggi". Biblioteca salaborsa. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  5. ^ Virtus nell'arena Unipol Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (in Italian)
  6. ^ Jones, Abby (May 8, 2018). "Shawn Mendes Announces Self-Titled International Arena Tour". Billboard. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Scott Bernstein (2 October 2019). "Eric Clapton Announces European Tour 2020". Jam Base Magazine. Retrieved 29 November 2019.

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Preceded by
Palais de Paris-Bercy
Paris
EuroLeague
Final Four
Venue

2002
Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona