Ginásio do Ibirapuera

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Ginásio do Ibirapuera
Full name Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida
Location Rua Abílio Soares, 1300, Ibirapuera, São Paulo
Coordinates 23°34′40″S 46°39′22″W / 23.577721°S 46.656048°W / -23.577721; -46.656048Coordinates: 23°34′40″S 46°39′22″W / 23.577721°S 46.656048°W / -23.577721; -46.656048
Broke ground 1954
Built 1954–1957
Opened January 25, 1957
Architect Ícaro de Castro Mello
Capacity 11,000[1]
Record attendance over 20,000[2]

Ginásio G.J. de Almeida or Ginásio do Ibirapuera, officially named Ginásio Estadual Geraldo José de Almeida,[1] is an indoor sporting arena located in São Paulo, Brazil. The seating capacity of the arena is 11,000 people[1] and it was opened on 25 January 1957.[2] Named after famous sports broadcaster and sports commentator Geraldo José de Almeida,[2] in 2004, 2005 and 2006 Ginásio do Ibirapuera hosted the Salonpas Cup matches, and in 2006, the arena hosted the Basketball World Championship for Women. Other notable basketball events include the 1973 Intercontinental Cup,[3] the 1979 edition of the competition[4][5] in which local E.C. Sírio won the title after a memorable win over Bosna Sarajevo,[4] and the 1984 edition of the same competition in which Banco Roma won the title.[6]

The venue has hosted many international concerts,such as Van Halen, Metallica and Cyndi Lauper who sold out the arena 3 times in 1989.


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Preceded by
Palazzo dello Sport
Varese
Intercontinental Cup
Final venue

1973
Succeeded by
Palacio de los Deportes
Mexico City
Preceded by
Estadio Obras Sanitarias
Buenos Aires
Intercontinental Cup
Final venue

1979
Succeeded by
Dvorana Skenderija
Sarajevo
Preceded by
Dvorana Skenderija
Sarajevo
Intercontinental Cup
Final venue

1981
Succeeded by
Maaspoort Sports end Events
Den Bosch
Preceded by
Estadio Obras Sanitarias
Buenos Aires
Intercontinental Cup
Final venue

1984
Succeeded by
Palau Blaugrana
Barcelona
Preceded by
Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium
Nanjing
World Women's Handball Championship
Final Venue

2011
Succeeded by
Belgrade Arena
Belgrade