Žalgiris Arena

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Žalgirio Arena
Žalgiris Arena logo.gif
Location Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50
44334 Kaunas, Lithuania
Coordinates 54°53′25″N 23°54′52″E / 54.89028°N 23.91444°E / 54.89028; 23.91444Coordinates: 54°53′25″N 23°54′52″E / 54.89028°N 23.91444°E / 54.89028; 23.91444
Owner Kaunas City Municipality
Capacity Basketball: 15,552
Concerts: 20,000
Ice hockey: 13,762
Circus: 15,400
Boxing: 15,261
Volleyball: 13,666
Handball: 13,807
Construction
Broke ground 26 September 2008
Opened 18 August 2011
Construction cost 50 million
Architect Eugenijus Miliūnas
Tenants
Žalgiris Kaunas (LKL) (2011–present)
Website
zalgirioarena.lt

Žalgirio Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New Town of Kaunas, Lithuania. The arena is located on an island of the Nemunas River. It is the largest indoor arena in the Baltics. The arena's maximum possible seating capacity for basketball games is 15,552, and 20,000 spectators for concerts (when the stage is in the middle, and 17,000 when stage is in the side of the arena). The Žalgiris Arena replaced the Kaunas Sports Hall as a major venue in the city.

The Žalgiris Arena is used to host basketball games as well as concerts. The arena's namesake basketball club BC Žalgiris, which currently competes in the domestic LKL and the Euroleague, uses the facility for all of its European and LKL home fixtures. BC Žalgiris and Žalgiris Arena has had the highest attendance rate in Euroleague for 2 consecutive seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013).

The Žalgiris Arena has held the playoffs and finals of the 37th European Basketball Championship, which took place in September 2011.

The construction of the arena started in September 2008; the main contractor of the arena is Lithuanian construction company Vėtrūna, chief architect – Eugenijus Miliūnas. The total cost of the arena is estimated to be 168.8 M litas (50 million euros). The arena was opened on 18 August 2011 with a basketball match between Lithuania and Spain.

On 2015 December 5 Lithuanian group SEL sets new attendance record of arena - 20,517 spectators with 360 stage concert.

On 2016 January 6, Euroleague clubs general managers voted Žalgiris Arena as the tournament's best arena.[1][2]

Arena information[edit]

The Žalgiris Arena is the largest in the Baltic states and covers 39,684 m2 (427,160 sq ft). It holds 20,000 spectators for concerts . It is situated in the eastern part of the Nemunas river island and its shape has nine corners. The arena's facade is made of high-end and highly transparent glass. A part of the facade has a unique metal wall, which is already naturally encrusted with rust.

It is equipped with some unique[citation needed] technical solutions, such as power windows and modern ice-making installation.[3] Advanced audio equipment (amplifiers, digital mixing engines and stage boxes) by Yamaha is installed in the Žalgiris Arena.[4] The arena has 48 VIP suites, 21 suites for the Žalgiris basketball club and media, 9 suites for a single rent, an exhibition hall, and a fitness center. There are 8 halls in the Arena where more than 150 various events take place annually.

Major events[edit]

Since its opening in 2011, Žalgiris Arena hosted many concerts. The main stars, who held concerts in Kaunas were: Red Hot Chili Peppers,[5] Lenny Kravitz,[6] Sting,[7] Eric Clapton,[8] Elton John,[9] Rammstein,[10] Slash,[11] Marilyn Manson,[12] Katie Melua,[13] Prodigy,[14] James Blunt,[15] Hurts,[16] Jean Michel Jarre,[17] Zucchero,[18] Sarah Brightman,[19] Kylie Minogue,[20] Robbie Williams,[21] and others. In late 2015 British heavy metal band Iron Maiden announced that they would be playing in the arena on June 23, 2016.[22] Mariah Carey performed at the venue on April 9, 2016, as a part of the Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour.[23] English rock band Muse will be playing on June 17, 2016, as a part of the Drones World Tour.[24]

Motocross World Championship event Night of the Jumps also took place in Žalgiris Arena on March, 2013. This event was part of Night of the Jumps world tour.[25]

Gallery[edit]

Euroleague attendance[edit]

This is a list of Euroleague games attendance of Žalgiris at Žalgiris Arena.

Season Total High Low Average
2011–12 Top 16 105,307 15,000 9,150 13,163
2012–13 161,103 15,420 10,190 13,475
2013–14 118,433 12,000 8,150 9,869
2014–15 117,040 14,382 8,670 10,640
2015–16 131,998 14,790 8,702 11,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurolygos klubų vadovų apklausa: "Žalgirio" arena – geriausia Europoje". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Urbonas, Donatas. "Magiška vieta Kaune, kurios pavydi visa Europa". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Žalgirio arenos langai bus su varikliais" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.lsionline.co.uk/news/story/Yamaha-amplification-for-the-381-algiris-Arena/58NC00 Thirty-One Yamaha Amplifiers Score Maximum Points at Žalgiris Arena
  5. ^ Maželytė, Edita (July 28, 2012). "Kauno "Žalgirio" arenoje siautė "Red Hot Chili Peppers" gerbėjai" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Jurkevičius, Martynas (November 15, 2011). "Lenny Kravitzas Žalgirio Arenoje valdė gyvu rokenrolu" (in Lithuanian). Kultūrnamis. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sting koncertas Kauno Žalgirio arenoje (video)" (in Lithuanian). Kas vyksta Kaune. July 31, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ Zilnys, Ramūnas (June 4, 2013). "E. Claptono koncertas Kaune: dvi valandos muzikos mokantiems klausytis" (in Lithuanian). lrytas.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kaune koncertavęs Eltonas Johnas atsiprašė dėl prikimusio balso, bet gerbėjų nenuvylė" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. December 19, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  10. ^ Bulota, Šarūnas (February 6, 2012). "Kauno "Žalgirio" arenoje garso ir ugnies pragarą sukūrė "Rammstein"" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  11. ^ Zilnys, Ramūnas (February 15, 2012). "Rokeris Slashas apie koncertą Kaune: "Sekso nebuvo, bet buvo gerai" (interviu)" (in Lithuanian). lrytas.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  12. ^ Maželytė, Edita (June 12, 2012). "Skandalingasis M.Mansonas Kaune paskleidė savo juoduosius kerus" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ Bulota, Ramūnas (November 25, 2012). "Kauno "Žalgirio" arenoje susirinkusią publiką užbūrė lyrinės dainininkės Katie Melua dainos" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ Bulota, Ramūnas (May 25, 2012). ""The Prodigy" Kaune nurovė stogą" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ Orieškaitė, Ainė (October 2, 2011). ""Žalgirio" arenoje – šėlsmas ir be krepšinio: J.Blunt sugrįžimas į Lietuvą" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ Paplekšnytė, Lolita (October 12, 2011). ""Hurts" lietuvaičius graudino teatrališkumu, baltomis rožėmis ir bučiniu trispalvei" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  17. ^ Jurkevičius, Martynas (October 20, 2011). "Jean-Michel Jarre Kaune lazeriais grojo "Essential" gabalus" (in Lithuanian). Kultūrnamis. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Nemirtingo hito "Baila Morena" atlikėjas Zucchero Kauno senamiestyje kaitino moterų širdis" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. June 19, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Po 10 metų į Lietuvą sugrįžusi Sarah Brightman klausytojus nuskraidino į kosmosą" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. February 22, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  20. ^ Svėrytė, Monika (October 31, 2014). "Seksualioji popmuzikos žvaigždė Kylie Minogue Kaune kurstė gerbėjų aistras" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Į Robbie Williamso koncertą Kaune suplūdo tūkstantinė gerbėjų minia" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. April 5, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Metalo milžinai "Iron Maiden" pirmą kartą atvyksta į Lietuvą" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. November 2, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  23. ^ Pocytė, Kristina (April 9, 2016). "Blizgučiais ir žavesiu Kauną užbūrusi M. Carey ypatingai pamalonino žiūrovą Andrių" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Patvirtinta! Rokeriai "Muse" pirmą kartą koncertuos Lietuvoje" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. February 17, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  25. ^ "NIGHT of the JUMPs Kaunas 2013". Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. February 10, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 

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Preceded by
Spodek
Katowice
FIBA EuroBasket
Final Venue

2011
Succeeded by
Arena Stožice
Ljubljana