Nokia Arena

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Nokia Arena
Yad Eliyahu Stadium.JPG
Former names Sports Palace at Yad Eliyahu
Location 51 Yigal Allon Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates 32°3′39.41″N 34°47′28.80″E / 32.0609472°N 34.7913333°E / 32.0609472; 34.7913333Coordinates: 32°3′39.41″N 34°47′28.80″E / 32.0609472°N 34.7913333°E / 32.0609472; 34.7913333
Opened 1963
Renovated 1972, 2005
Expanded 2005
Owner Tel Aviv Municipality
Operator Sport Palaces Limited
Capacity

11,700

11,060 (basketball)
Tenants
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israeli national basketball team

The Yad Eliyahu Sports Arena (Hebrew: היכל הספורט יד אליהו‎), commercially Nokia Arena (Hebrew: היכל נוקיה‎), is a sports and entertainment arena located in southern Tel Aviv, Israel. The arena is home to the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball club, a member of the Maccabi Tel Aviv sports club. The facility is the largest indoor sports arena in Israel, it hosted the Israeli Super League final four, the State Cup final four and most of the Israeli national basketball team home games. It also hosted the European Baskeball Champions Cup Final Four in 1994 and the Euroleague Final Four in 2004. In other sports, it has hosted a Davis Cup World Group match between Israel and France in 1989, and the Davis Cup quarterfinals between Israel and Russia in July 2009.

The arena is owned by the municipality of Tel Aviv, and is managed by Sports Palaces Ltd., a company also fully owned by the municipality (which also manages Bloomfield Stadium).

History[edit]

The arena was opened on 17 September 1963 with a game between the national basketball teams of Israel and Yugoslavia, in which the latter won 69-64.

In its early years, the arena held a capacity of 5,000 spectators, with just concrete stands, without any seats, and without a roof. In 1972, a second floor of tiers was built, increasing the capacity to 10,000 spectators. The concrete stands were covered by seats and the arena was covered with a roof. Further renovations through the years 2006–2008 modernized the arena further, added commercial facilities, and increased its capacity to 11,700.

The arena hosted the FIBA European All star game in 1997, the FIBA European Champions Cup final game in 1972, and the Euroleague final four in 1994 and 2004.

Entertainment[edit]

The arena has hosted musical acts such as Teen Angels 2009-2010-2011, Scorpions, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Oasis, LMFAO, Cirque du Soleil, Philipp Kirkorov, Natalia Oreiro,

Julio and Enrique Iglesias.

The Mamma Mia! international tour played 24 shows at the venue as well.

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Preceded by
Sporthal Arena
Antwerp
FIBA European Champions Cup
Final Venue

1972
Succeeded by
Country Hall du Sart Tilman
Liège
Preceded by
Peace and Friendship Stadium
Athens
FIBA European Championships
Final Four
Venue

1994
Succeeded by
Principe Felipe Arena
Zaragoza
Preceded by
Abdi İpekçi Arena
Istanbul
FIBA Euro All star game
Venue

1997
Succeeded by
Max Schmeling Halle
Berlin
Preceded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Olimpiisky Arena
Moscow