Boris Trajkovski Sports Center
|Former names||Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall|
|Owner||City of Skopje|
|Operator||SC Boris Trajkovski|
|Capacity||7.000 (5000 fixed + 2000 removable seats)|
|Broke ground||June 2004|
|Opened||22 May 2008|
|Construction cost||€ 17 million|
The Boris Trajkovski Sports Center (Macedonian: Спортски центар Борис Трајковски, Sportski centar Boris Trajkovski) in Skopje is a multi-functional indoor sports arena. It is located in the Karpoš Municipality of Skopje, Macedonia. It is named after the former president, Boris Trajkovski, who died in a plane crash in 2004. It has a maximum seating capacity of 7.000 for handball, 7,250 for basketball and 10,000 for concerts. The arena is home to the Macedonian national basketball team (men and women), Macedonian national handball team (men and women) and Macedonian national volleyball team (men and women). The venue also contains four restaurants and a sports bar. It was one of two venues used for the 2008 European Women's Handball Championship.
Construction began in June 2004 with the city of Skopje as the main investor. It was introduced as one of the capital projects of former mayor Risto Penov. The initial term set by the city authorities for the completion was one year, but it was repeatedly set back by problems during construction. At the beginning, while digging the foundation, underground water broke and the whole site was flooded. This brought additional costs of around one million euros, on several occasions the city coffers remained low, which at times led to stoppage of the resumption of the construction work. Upon arrival by Trifun Kostovski as mayor, the city began negotiations with the government to hand over the facility in their jurisdiction. Negotiations were conducted with the previous government but had ended unsuccessfully. In February 2007, the government signed an agreement for the handover. A joint stock company "Boris Trajkovski" was established to manage the facility, with each investor receiving an appropriate number of shares by the money they invested for the final construction. The Harlem Globetrotters, were first to perform at the arena following the opening ceremony on 22 May 2008. In 2011, prime minister Nikola Gruevski opened a hockey rink and karting track. The government had funded most of the investment, which was worth 430,000 euros. From 18 to 20 May 2012, the arena hosted the 20th edition of the Macedonian Handball Cup.
Held and scheduled events
|Date||Event ǃǃ Type||Note|
|February 18, 2017||Vlado Georgiev Toni Cetinski||Concert|
|March 25, 2017||Ceca||Concert |
- Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall Archived 2008-08-13 at the Wayback Machine..
- Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall-Capacity Archived 2011-09-06 at the Wayback Machine.. European Handball Federation.
- Спортска сала "Борис Трајковски"
- Skopje gets Hockey Rink .MINA.
- Vardar Pro wins the Macedonian Cup[permanent dead link]
- Official Website (in Macedonian)
- Boris Trajkovski Sports Center on Facebook
- Boris Trajkovski Sports Center on Twitter
|European Women's Handball Championship
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