SPC Vojvodina

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SPENS
СПЕНС
Spens.jpg
Location Sutjeska 2, 21000
Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia
Coordinates 45°14′51″N 19°50′44″E / 45.24750°N 19.84556°E / 45.24750; 19.84556Coordinates: 45°14′51″N 19°50′44″E / 45.24750°N 19.84556°E / 45.24750; 19.84556
Owner JP SPC Vojvodina
Capacity 11,500
Construction
Opened April 14, 1981
Architect Žika Janković
Branko Bulić
Duško Bogunović
Tenants
KK Vojvodina Srbijagas
OK Vojvodina
KK Novi Sad

SPC Vojvodina (Serbian: Спортски и пословни центар "Војводина", Sportski i poslovni centar "Vojvodina"[1]), commonly referred to as SPENS, is a multi-purpose venue located in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. It operates under publicly owned company JP "Sportski i poslovni centar Vojvodina", which in addition to SPENS also has "Sajmište Sports Center" under its umbrella. The capacity of the whole arena is 11,500.

Features[edit]

Sprawled over 85,000 m2, SPENS consists of main hall, 'small' hall, ice-hockey rink (which can house 1,623), bowling alley, shooting range, 3 training halls, swimming pool, 11 tennis courts, media center, 2 press centers, amphitheater, reception salon, conference hall, double-level garage, and 215 retail and business spaces that house banks, furniture stores, tourist agencies, jewelers, bookstores, pool halls, fitness clubs, boutiques, etc.

Its construction was completed in less than 2 years, and on April 14, 1981, SPENS opened its door for the first time, its inaugural event being the 9th Table Tennis European Championships in Novi Sad (Serbian: Stonotenisko prvenstvo Evrope Novi Sad – SPENS, hence the unofficial name of the venue).[2][dubious ]

Spens Sports Center

Sports[edit]

SPENS' most famous residents are basketball's KK Vojvodina (participating in Basketball League of Serbia) and volleyball's OK Vojvodina.

In 1987, Spens hosted basketball's European Cup Winners' Cup Final. Cibona Zagreb defeated Scavolini Pesaro 89–74.[2][3]

The venue received its biggest media exposure when it hosted round-robin action of Eurobasket 2005 in group D which consisted of Spain, Latvia, Israel and host country Serbia and Montenegro.[2] For this occasion SPENS received a major facelift that included improvements to building's technological capabilities, overhaul of its media center and addition of two video boards – one on each end of the main hall.

The arena hosted the Group C (group stage) and the Group II of the main round, which consisted of Spain, Croatia, France, Hungary, Slovenia and Iceland of the 2012 European Men's Handball Championship.

Since volleyball is very popular in Novi Sad, Serbia men's national volleyball team often plays its FIVB World League home matches in SPENS, as well as its friendly warm-up games.

Concerts & Events[edit]

In addition to sporting events, SPENS is often utilized as venue of choice for numerous concerts, film premieres, conventions, etc. The first ever concert held in the SPENS was by the group Sedmorica Mladih and it drew 5,000 people.

  • Aca Lukas performed a concert on 5. November 2011.
  • Ana Bekuta performed a concert on 19. April 2012.
  • Tozovac performed a concert on 8. March 2013.

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Preceded by
PalaMaggiò
Castel Morrone
Cup Winners' Cup
Final Venue

1987
Succeeded by
Palais des Sports
Grenoble
Preceded by
Alexandreio Melathron
Thessaloniki
FIBA U-19 World Championship
Final Venue

2007
Succeeded by
North Shore Events Centre
Auckland