Arena Armeec

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Arena Armeets Sofia
Арена Армеец София.jpg
Full name Arena Armeets Sofia MSH
Former names Arena Sofia
Location 1 Asen Yordanov Blvd., Sofia, Bulgaria
Coordinates 42°40′16″N 23°22′9″E / 42.67111°N 23.36917°E / 42.67111; 23.36917Coordinates: 42°40′16″N 23°22′9″E / 42.67111°N 23.36917°E / 42.67111; 23.36917
Owner National Sport Base PLC
Capacity 12,373[1] (can be expanded for concerts and other events)
Surface Parquet
Construction
Broke ground 2 July 2009
Opened 30 July 2011
Construction cost BGN 90 million (around EUR 46 million)
Architect Zheko Tilev
Main contractors Glavbolgarstroy
Tenants
Bulgaria men's national volleyball team
Sofia Open (ATP 250)
Website
arenaarmeecsofia.com

Arena Armeets is an multi-purpose indoor arena located in Sofia, Bulgaria. It has a seating capacity of 12,373.[2] For concerts it can grow to 17,000. It was originally called Arena Sofia before the Bulgarian insurance company Armeets purchased the naming rights until 2017. There are 887 parking lots, 614 of them placed in a central exterior parking, 231 placed in near streets and 42 designated for disabled people.

Designed as an universal hall for cultural events and sports, the arena could host up to 30 types of sports, including basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal, boxing, tennis, weightlifting, fencing and gymnastics competitions as well as concerts. The first major concert in the arena was held by Jean Michel Jarre, followed by artists Sade and Amorphis.

Major events and notable firsts[edit]

The arena has hosted the 2012 European Taekwon-do ITF championship in May, followed by the 2012 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships in the first three days of June. The city was previously awarded the 2004 edition of the event.[3]

During three days in February 2012 the arena hosted the Cirque du Soleil show Saltimbanco for the first time in Bulgaria.[4] Between 9 and 11 November 2012 it also hosted the travelling ice show Disney on Ice, another debut for the country.[5]

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was held in the arena on 21 November 2015, the first time a Eurovision event was held in Bulgaria.[6]

Arena Armeets recorded its first sold-out game on 9 June 2012, when 12,501 fans (128 more than the official capacity) came to see the Olympic qualification volleyball match between France and Bulgaria.

List of major concerts[edit]

List of major sporting events[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ergo Arena
Gdańsk / Sopot
FIVB Volleyball World League
Final Venue

2012
Succeeded by
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas
Mar del Plata