Palace of Youth and Sports

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Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Palacio de Juventud y Deportes, Pristina, Kosovo, 2014-04-16, DD 21.JPG
Former namesBoro and Ramiz
LocationPristina, Kosovo[a]
Coordinates42°39′40″N 21°09′26″E / 42.6611°N 21.1572°E / 42.6611; 21.1572Coordinates: 42°39′40″N 21°09′26″E / 42.6611°N 21.1572°E / 42.6611; 21.1572
OwnerDisputed between the Municipality of Pristina and the Kosovo Privatization Agency
Capacity8,000 (large arena)
3,000 (lesser arena)
Construction
Broke ground1975
Opened1977
Renovated2000
ArchitectŽivorad Janković and Halid Muhasilović
Tenants
Sigal Prishtina (basketball)
Website
www.pallatirinise.com

Palace of Youth and Sports (Albanian: Pallati i Rinise dhe Sporteve; Serbian: Палата омладине и спорта/Palata omladine i sporta, formerly named "Boro and Ramiz") is a multi-purpose hall located in Pristina, Kosovo. It includes two arenas, larger one has a capacity of 8,000 spectators, while the lesser one has the capacity of 3,000 spectators. It also includes a shopping mall, indoor parking, two convention halls and a library.[1] The whole building has more than 10,000 square meters of area.[2]

History[edit]

In 1975, a referendum was held, and citizens of Pristina, then capital of the Socialist Autonomous Province of Kosovo, voted in favor of building a large hall.[3] The complex was finished in 1977. It was originally named "Boro and Ramiz" (Albanian: Boro-Ramiz, Serbo-Croatian: Боро и Рамиз), after two World War II Yugoslav Partisans and People's heroes of Yugoslavia, Boro Vukmirović and Ramiz Sadiku. Vukmirović was a Serb, while Sadiku was an Albanian, so the name was to symbolize brotherhood and unity of Serbs and Albanians.[2][4]

The building was heavily damaged in a fire on 25 February 2000.[5] It was partially renovated, but the great arena and the large convention hall are still out of use.[2]

The ownership of the building is disputed between the Municipality of Pristina and the Kosovo Privatization Agency.[3]

Building[edit]

The lesser arena is mostly used for basketball by Sigal Prishtina. In April 2014, it hosted the Final Four of the Balkan Basketball League[6] The arena is also used for futsal, handball, athletics, basketball, volleyball, numerous other sporting competitions, and various concerts, exhibitions, fairs, conventions, and congresses.

Great arena is currently out of function due to a fire back in 2000. Commentators and fans have called for the "Greater Coliseum" to be renovated and used for Sigal Prishtina's home games.[7]

The shopping center share a series of services such as a joint parking lot, 6D cinema, wellness center, numerous restaurants, cafes, and stores.

The Newborn monument is located in front of the building.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has been recognized as an independent state by 113 out of 193 United Nations member states, 10 of which have subsequently withdrawn recognition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staletović, Lj. (26 February 2000). "Prištinska lepotica" [Beauty of Pristina] (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c ""BORO & RAMIZI" & CO" (PDF). Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kur nisi ndërtimi i Pallatit "Boro-Ramizi", 1975" [When construction began of the Palace "Boro-Ramiz", 1975] (in Albanian). Koha Ditore. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. ^ Čolaku, Petrit (15 January 2016). "Zaboravljeni heroji srpsko-albanskog prijateljstva". BIRN. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Nema više "Bore i Ramiza"" [No more "Boro and Ramiz"] (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 26 February 2000. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ Official: Pristina organizes 'Final Four' of the Balkan League - Online News | Lajme Online Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Getoar Mjeku, "Shpallje: Shes shpirtin," Plisi (27 Sept. 2014)
  8. ^ "RITA ORA STAYS IN KOSOVO". M-Magazine. 10 September 2012. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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