Laugardalshöll

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Laugardalshöll
Ísland - Frakkland Laugardalshöll, 16. & 17. apríl 2010 (4539188772).jpg
Location Reykjavík, Iceland
Coordinates 64°08′25″N 21°52′41″W / 64.140305°N 21.877985°W / 64.140305; -21.877985Coordinates: 64°08′25″N 21°52′41″W / 64.140305°N 21.877985°W / 64.140305; -21.877985
Operator Sports and Exhibition Center (ÍSH)
Capacity Sports: 5,500
Concerts: 11,000
Construction
Opened 6 December 1965
Architect Gísla Halldórsson
Skarphéðinn Jóhannesson[1]
Tenants
Iceland national handball team

Laugardalshöll is an indoor sporting arena located in Reykjavík, Iceland. The capacity of the arena is 5,500 people.

It hosts various sporting events, such as handball, basketball, volleyball and athletics, as well as for other events. Aside from sporting events, it is to day the largest concert venue in Iceland, with capacity of 11,000 people in one hall. Aside from sports and music events, it serves as a general purpose hall for all manner of events.

Events[edit]

Perhaps the most prominent event to be held at Laugardalshöll was the World Chess Championship 1972, often dubbed the "Match of the Century", in which American challenger Bobby Fischer defeated the Russia champion Boris Spassky. The movie Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) features scenes from Laugardalshöll.[2]

The arena which hosted the 1995 World Men's Handball Championship and many matches of the Iceland national handball team, one of the most successful sports of the country.

On November 6, 2010, the "National Assembly", the first step of a constitutional reform process, was held here. It gathered 1000 citizens, randomly picked in the national register. It produced a document listing the main principles of the island nation.

From 2007 to 2011, it also hosted CCP Games' EVE Online annual 'Fanfest'.

Every year since 2016, the arena has held the finals of Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic preliminary round for the Eurovision Song Contest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reykjavík of Yore: Laugardalshöllin - The Reykjavik Grapevine". grapevine.is. 27 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Conolly, Jez and Caroline Whelan. World Film Locations: Reykjavik. Intellect Books. Page 100. ISBN 9781841506418.

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Preceded by
Globe Arena
Stockholm
World Men's Handball Championship
Final Venue

1995
Succeeded by
Park Dome
Kumamoto