|Broke ground||July 20, 2007|
|Opened||December 27, 2008|
|Owner||City of Zagreb|
|Operator||Zagreb Arena Ltd.|
|Construction cost||€ 89 million|
|Structural engineer||UPI-2M ltd|
|Capacity||15,200 (ice-hockey, handball)
18,680 (concerts, side stage)
|RK Zagreb (2009-present)
KHL Medveščak (2011-present)
Arena Zagreb is a multi-purpose sports hall located in the southwestern part of Zagreb, Croatia (in the Lanište neighborhood of Novi Zagreb). The site also includes a building complex, the Arena Complex (Arena Center), making it one of the largest shopping-entertainment centers in the city.
The Croatian Government and the City Government of Zagreb held a public tender for the construction of a sports hall in order to host games in the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship, and later for numerous other sporting, cultural, and business events.
They selected the consortium composed of property developers TriGránit (from Hungary) and Ingra (from Croatia). The TriGránit/Ingra offer was initially approved on April 25, 2007, but the signing of the final contract was delayed because of Mayor Milan Bandić expressing discontent with the conditions. The Consortium engaged studio UPI-2M from Zagreb, specially for this project to create and produce a unique design for Arena Zagreb. The construction of the sports hall finally started on July 20, 2007, and was completed as planned on December 15, 2008.
The shopping center and Arena Zagreb share a series of services such as a joint parking lot, multiplex cinema, wellness center, numerous restaurants, cafes, and stores.
Resembling a giant rib cage around the building, 86 large pre-stressed, pre-fabricated concrete curved columns form the main façade, connected by a semi-translucent polycarbonate envelope that allows for various light effects. It’s one of the landmarks of Zagreb already, along with the cathedral.
Developing spatial and functional characteristics to enable maximum flexibility of the venue was vital during the schematic design stage. The telescopic system of 4,500 seats was a critical element in allowing different configurations and quick turnaround between events. The singular vision also led to provision of spacious facilities for athletes, other performers and event managers, a concept for simple and fluid visitor circulation, a mix of catering facilities and designing in smaller, mutually independent zones that could all be used at the same time. Getting the acoustics right was important too. The steel roof structure had sufficient bearing capacity to enable the suspension of additional stage equipment. The roof structure is close to the structure of a suspension bridge, which is an uncommon approach (in arena design) anywhere in the world. The roof ’s bearing structure is only 45 cm high, over a span of 110 m, because it is suspended from the upper side of the roof outside and can not be seen from the interior. This solution was made feasible by contemporary cable production technology – the span is suspended on cables that have a diameter of just 66 mm. Each cable can carry 400 tons. The capacity of the hall is 16,200 seats and 25,000 for concerts.
Concerts & Events
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Arena Zagreb hosted the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship, the 2012 UEFA Futsal Championship (with Spaladium Arena in Split) and the 2014 European Women's Handball Championship (jointly hosted by Croatia and Hungary).
Arena Zagreb was the host venue for many concerts including:
- Mišo Kovač held a concert. 19. April 2009,
- Beyoncé Knowles opened the European leg of her I Am... World Tour. and held a sold out concert promoting the album I Am... Sasha Fierce. 26. April 2009.
- London Symphony Orchestra performed a concert as a part of Prokofiev World Tour 11. May 2009.
- Lepa Brena held a concert as a part of her Uđi slobodno Tour. Promoting the album Uđi slobodno... 13. June 2009.
- Halid Bešlić had a two back to back concerts. 23.-24. October 2009.
- Eros Ramazzotti had a concert, promoting the album Ali e radici. 7. November 2009.
- Miroslav Škoro held a concert, promoting the album Moje boje. 20. November 2009.
- Backstreet Boys held a concert as a part of the band's This Is Us Tour. 27. November 2009.
- Parni Valjak held a reunion concert with almost 20 000 in attendance. 16. December 2009.
- David Guetta had a performance. 17. December 2009.
- José Carreras held a Christmas charity concert. 19. December 2009.
- Nina Badrić held a concert. 29. December 2009.
- Depeche Mode held a concert for a crowd of 20 000 as a part of their Tour of the Universe (tour). 14. February 2010. In the year 2013 they also held a concert as a part of their The Delta Machine Tour. 23. May 2013.
- Miroslav Ilić held a concert. 8. March 2010.
- Plavi orkestar held a concert as a part of their Reunion tour. 13. March 2010.
- Rammstein held a concert as a part of the Liebe ist für alle da Tour. 18. March 2010.
- Željko Samardžić had a concert. 15. May 2010.
- Haris Džinović had a concert. 22. May 2010.
- David Guetta had a performance. 18. June 2010.
- Leonard Cohen held a concert, where in the week of the show 16 of Cohen's albums simultaneously entered the Croatian Top 40 25. July 2010.
- Guns N' Roses held a concert as a part of their Chinese Democracy World Tour 09/10. 24. September 2010.
- Oliver Dragojević held a sold out concert. 21. October 2010.
- Lady Gaga held a sold out concert as a part of her The Monster Ball Tour. 5. November 2010.
- Sting held a sold out concert as a part of his Symphonicity Tour. 8. November 2010.
- Željko Joksimović held concert as a part of his tour. 10. December 2010.
- Đorđe Balašević held a concert as a part of his Panonska mornarica Tour. 18. & 19. December 2010.
- Roger Waters held a concert as a part of his The Wall Live (concert tour). 13. April 2011.
- Slayer & Megadethheld a concert. 6. April 2011.
- Shakira held a concert as a part of her The Sun Comes Out World Tour. 10. May 2011.
- Joe Cocker held a concert promoting his album Hard Knocks. 1. June 2011.
- Korn held a concert as a part of their The Path of Totality Tour. 27. June 2011.
- Elton John held a concert as a part of his Greatest Hits Tour (Elton John). 3. July 2011.
- George Michael held a sold out concert as a part of his Symphonica Tour. 20. September 2011.
- Britney Spears held a concert as a part of her Femme Fatale Tour. 1. October 2011.
- Hladno pivo held a concert promoting their album Svijet glamura. 7. October 2011.
- Jean Michel Jarre had a concert as a part of his 3 year long Tour. 11. October 2011.
- Rammstein held a concert as a part of the Made in Germany 1995–2011 (tour). 8. November 2011.
- Parni valjak held a concert promoting their album Stvarno nestvarno. 11. November 2011.
- Lenny Kravitz performed a concert as a part of the Black and White Europe Tour 2011. 17. November 2011.
- Tom Jones performed a concert as a part of the Praise & Blame Tour. Promoting 39th studio album Praise & Blame 21. November 2011.
- Sade performed a concert as a part of the Sade Live Tour. 22. November 2011.
- Jelena Rozga & Momčilo Bajagić Bajaga held a joined concert sponsored under Karlovačko Live. 16. December 2011.
- Dino Merlin had a concert. 22. December 2011.
- Zdravko Čolić held a concert in honor of International Woman's Day. 8. March 2012.
- 2Cellos held a concert as a part of their Tour. 12. June 2012.
- Sting held a concert as a part of his Back to Bass Tour. 27. June 2012.
- Tony Cetinski had 2 sold out shows with over 30 000 people in attendance during his Furia Tour. 14. December 2012.
- Il Divo held a concert as a part of their World Tour. 17. September 2012.
- Beyoncé Knowles held a sold out concert of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, promoting the album 4 (Beyoncé Knowles album). Croatian singer Franka Batelić was the Opening Act. 17. April 2013.
- Mark Knopfler had a concert promoting his album Privateering (album). 5. May 2013.
- Severina Vučković held a concert as a part of her Dobrodošao u Klub Tour. Promoting her twelfth studio album Dobrodošao u Klub 11. May 2013.
- Iron Maiden held a full house concert as a part of their Maiden England World Tour. 31. July 2013.
- Disney on Ice - a series of touring ice shows, held as a three day event. 11.-13. December 2009.
- Za dobra stara vremena - musical was held as a single show performance. 20. May 2010.
- TOPSTARS - najveći party u Hrvatskoj took place, performing in total of 1 show and 3 more on the road. 13. November 2010.
- Cirque du Soleil took place, performing in total of 5 shows. 17.- 21. November 2010.
- We Will Rock You (musical) took place, performing in total of 3 shows. 25.- 26. May 2013.
- 21.09.2013. RK Zagreb : Celje Pivovarna Laško
- 20.10.2013. RK Zagreb : MKB Veszprém KC
- 27.12.2013. RK Zagreb : Rhein-Neckar Löwen
- 27.12.2013. KHL Medveščak Zagreb : HC Dynamo Moscow
- 29.12.2013. KHL Medveščak Zagreb : HC Vityaz
- 23.01.2014. Arena Ice Fever KHL Medveščak Zagreb : Atlant Moscow Oblast
- 25.01.2014. Arena Ice Fever KHL Medveščak Zagreb : Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
- 27.01.2014. Arena Ice Fever KHL Medveščak Zagreb : Severstal Cherepovets
- 07.12.2014.-21.12.2014. 2014 European Women's Handball Championship
KHL Medveščak Zagreb game
KHL Medveščak Zagreb game (opposite stand)
KHL Medveščak Zagreb 27.12.2013. Game vs. Dynamo
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arena Zagreb.|
- Arena Zagreb Official Web Site (Croatian)
- Arena Zagreb on Facebook
- Arena Zagreb on YouTube
- Arena Zagreb photo gallery
- Arena Zagreb INGRA Brochure (Croatian) (English)
- World Buildings Directory - ARENA ZAGREB
|Events and tenants|
|World Men's Handball Championship
|UEFA Futsal Championship
|European Women's Handball Championship