|Broke ground||26 September 2008|
|Opened||18 August 2011|
|Owner||Kaunas City Municipality|
|Construction cost||168.8M litas
€ 50 million
Žalgiris Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New Town of Kaunas, Lithuania. The arena is located on an island of the Nemunas River. It is the largest indoor arena in the Baltics. The arena's maximum possible seating capacity for basketball games is 15,688, and 16,160 seats for concerts (when the stage is in the middle, and 11,256 when stage is in the side of the arena). The Žalgiris Arena replaced the Kaunas Sports Hall as a major venue in the city.
The Žalgiris Arena is used to host basketball games as well as concerts. The arena's namesake basketball club BC Žalgiris, which currently competes in the domestic LKL and the Euroleague, uses the facility for all of its European and LKL home fixtures. BC Žalgiris and Žalgiris Arena has had the highest attendance rate in Euroleague for 2 consecutive seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013).
The Žalgiris Arena has held the playoffs and finals of the 37th European Basketball Championship, which took place on September 2011.
The construction of the arena started in September 2008; the main contractor of the arena is Lithuanian construction company Vėtrūna, chief architect – Eugenijus Miliūnas. The total cost of the arena is estimated to be 168.8 M litas (50 million euros). The arena was opened on 18 August 2011 with a basketball match between Lithuania and Spain.
The Žalgiris Arena is the largest in the Baltic states and covers 39,684 m2 (427,160 sq ft). It seats up to 17,500 spectators for concerts (with the additional seats added). It is situated in the eastern part of the Nemunas river island and its shape has nine corners. The arena's facade is made of high-end and highly transparent glass. A part of the facade has a unique metal wall, which is already naturally encrusted with rust.
It is equipped with some unique technical solutions, such as power windows and modern ice-making installation. Advanced audio equipment (amplifiers, digital mixing engines and stage boxes) by Yamaha is installed in the Žalgiris Arena. The arena has 48 VIP suites, 21 suites for the Žalgiris basketball club and media, 9 suites for a single rent, an exhibition hall, and a fitness center. There are 8 halls in the Arena where more than 150 various events take place annually.
Since the opening in 2011 Zalgiris Arena hosted many concerts. The main stars, who held concerts in Kaunas were: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Rammstein, Slash, Marilyn Manson, Katie Melua, Prodigy, James Blunt, Hurts, Jean Michel Jarre, Zucchero, Sarah Brightman and others.
Freestyle Motocross event NIGHT of the JUMPs also took place in Zalgiris Arena in March, 2013. This event was part of NIGHT of the JUMPs world tour.
- (Lithuanian) "Žalgirio arenos langai bus su varikliais". Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- http://www.lsionline.co.uk/news/story/Yamaha-amplification-for-the-381-algiris-Arena/58NC00 Thirty-One Yamaha Amplifiers Score Maximum Points at Žalgiris Arena
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