Palace of Youth and Sports

Coordinates: 42°39′40″N 21°09′26″E / 42.6611°N 21.1572°E / 42.6611; 21.1572
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Palace of Youth and Sports
Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve
Palace of Youth and Sports in April 2014
Former namesBoro and Ramiz
LocationPristina, Kosovo
Coordinates42°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 (larger arena)
2,800 (smaller arena)
Broke ground1975
Opened1977; 47 years ago (1977)
Renovated2000, 2014, 2023
ArchitectŽivorad Janković and Halid Muhasilović
KB Prishtina (basketball)

Palace of Youth and Sports (Albanian: Pallati i Rinisë dhe Sporteve; Serbian: Палата омладине и спорта, romanizedPalata omladine i sporta), formerly named Boro and Ramiz (Albanian: Boro-Ramiz; Serbian: Боро и Рамиз), is a multi-purpose hall located in Pristina, Kosovo. It includes two indoor arenas, the larger of which had a capacity of 8,000 spectators but is currently out of use, and the smaller in-use with a capacity of 2,800 spectators. It also includes a shopping mall, indoor parking, two convention halls and a library.[1] The building in its entirety measures over 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft).[2]


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", after Boro Vukmirović and Ramiz Sadiku, two World War II Yugoslav Partisans and People's heroes of Yugoslavia. Vukmirović was a Serb, while Sadiku was an Albanian, therefore named so to symbolize brotherhood and unity between Serbs and Albanians.[2][4]

The building was heavily damaged in a fire on 25 February 2000.[5] It was partially renovated, but the larger arena and the convention hall are still out of use.[2] In January 2014, interior renovations totaling 115,000 euros were completed.[6] Further renovations worth 200,000 euros were carried out in 2023 in the smaller arena, in order to bring the floors, baskets and chairs up to FIBA standards.[7] The larger arena is expected to be renovated in time for hosting the 2030 Mediterranean Games.[8][9]

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

The Palace of Youth and Sports is expected to be a venue for the 2030 Mediterranean Games which is to be hosted by Kosovo.


The smaller arena is mostly used for basketball by KB Prishtina. In April 2014, it hosted the Final Four of the Balkan Basketball League.[10] The arena is also used for futsal, handball, athletics, basketball, volleyball, numerous other sporting competitions, various concerts, exhibitions, fairs, conventions, and congresses.

The larger arena is currently out of use due to a fire in 2000 and is now used as an indoor car park.[11] Commentators and fans have called for the "Greater Coliseum" to be renovated and used for KB Pristina's home games.[12]

The shopping center has 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.[13]

The Prishtina Observatory is located in the building complex.[14]

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  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. ^ "Inauguration of renovations in the Sports Hall at Youth Palace in Prishtina - News". Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  7. ^ Mehmeti, Blinera (October 8, 2023). "Çeku: Ka përfunduar renovimi i Palestrës Sportive në Pallatin e Rinisë dhe Sporteve në Prishtinë". Dukagjini (in Albanian). Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Kosovo will aim for "first place" in the Mediterranean Games". 18 September 2023. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  9. ^ "Lojërat Mesdhetare të vitit 2030 do të mbahen edhe në Podujevë në këto vende (Dokument)". Podujevapress. Retrieved 18 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Official: Pristina organizes 'Final Four' of the Balkan League - Online News | Lajme Online". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "The Palace of Youth and Sports Shows Its Age". Balkan Insight. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Shpallje: Shes shpirtin". Plisi (in Albanian). 27 September 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  13. ^ "RITA ORA STAYS IN KOSOVO". M-Magazine. 10 September 2012. Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Observatory in Prishtina Reopens After 35-Year Gap". 14 July 2022.

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