Kaunas Sports Hall

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Kaunas Sports Hall
S.Darius and S.Girėnas Sports Center logo.png
Kauno sporto hale.jpg
Location Kaunas, Lithuania
Broke ground December 5, 1938
Opened May 21, 1939
Construction cost 400,000 LTL
Architect Anatolijus Rozenbliumas
Capacity Basketball 5,000
Website sportohale.lt
Tenants
None

Kaunas Sports Hall (Lithuanian: Kauno sporto halė), also known as the S. Darius and S. Girėnas Hall is the second largest arena of Kaunas, Lithuania. It is the first arena built in the residential Žaliakalnis neighbourhood of Kaunas specially for basketball in Europe and is referred to as a "Mecca of the Lithuanian basketball". The arena's seating capacity is 5,000. Initial seating capacity was 3,500 and the other spectators (up to 11,000) used to have standing room. Its length is 62.8 meters and its width is 61 meters. It is a part of the S. Darius and S. Girėnas sport center, which also includes the nearby national stadium.

The arena generally hosts basketball games and concerts. It has served as the home court for Žalgiris basketball club, competing in the Euroleague and the LKL League till the middle of 2011. It was also used by the Granitas Kaunas team handball club.

History[edit]

Inside Kaunas Sports Hall

Since its establishment, the Kaunas Sports Hall is situated in close proximity to the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education and the S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium, adjacent to the Ąžuolynas Park. The arena was completed before the 3rd European Basketball Championship in 1939.[1] The foundation was laid in December 1938. All the steel constructions were finished by April 1939 and masonry work on May 10 of the same year. In December 2005, it underwent a minor reconstruction and added some 525 additional seats to reach the current capacity of 5,000. Until the year 2009 it fit the criteria of the Euroleague relations for minimum seating requirements, but not after that when the minimum league's requirement to accommodate fans increased to 10,000.

In August 2011 a larger and much more modern Žalgiris Arena has been opened in Kaunas, as Lithuania was hosting the 37th European Basketball Championship. The Kaunas Sports Hall will long be remembered as the arena where the Lithuanian national basketball team won their consecutive Gold medal at the Eurobasket 1939. The Kaunas Sports Hall was included into the Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites of the Republic of Lithuania in 1993.[2]

Preceded by
1937 Final Venue
Riga
Eurobasket
Final Venue

1939
Succeeded by
1946 Final Venue
Geneva

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaunas: dates and facts. Electronic directory. First Republic of Lithuania Retrieved on 13 October 2011.
  2. ^ [1] The Registry of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sites: Unique object code: 15971. Retrieved on 14 October 2011.

Coordinates: 54°53′46″N 23°56′09″E / 54.89611°N 23.93583°E / 54.89611; 23.93583