Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex
The Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex is the main exhibition space of Baku, Azerbaijan. Named after a former president with a large cult of personality, it is located on Tbilisi Avenue between Hyatt Hotel and Grand Hotel Europe. Since its opening in 1990, it held about 40 international competitions in different kinds of sports. The facility seats 7,800 people and being the largest sports facilities in the Azerbaijan, the complex offers all the necessary conditions for major international competitions.
The construction of the building started in 1977 but was not completed until 1990. In 2006–2007, the building underwent major renovation worth 13.5 million USD. The complex currently has an area of 18,000 square metres. The complex was selected to host the Third Eurovision Dance Contest, which has been postponed to an unknown date.
Notable sporting events
- 2007 and 2009 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships
- 2005 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
- 2007 FILA Wrestling World Championships
- 2007 European Taekwondo Championships
- 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships
- Спортивно-Концертный комплекс им. Гейдара Алиева (Russian)
- Спортивно-выставочный комплекс имени Г.Алиева (Russian)
- "Dance Contest 2009 to Baku, Azerbaijan". EBUlast=Bakker. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
- "3rd Eurovision Dance Contest postponed to 2010". EBUlast=Bakker. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
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