Palazzetto dello Sport

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Palazzetto dello Sport
Palazzetto Dello Sport - panoramio.jpg
LocationPiazza Apollodoro
I-00199 Rome
Coordinates41°55′47″N 12°28′15″E / 41.929617°N 12.470732°E / 41.929617; 12.470732Coordinates: 41°55′47″N 12°28′15″E / 41.929617°N 12.470732°E / 41.929617; 12.470732
OwnerMunicipality of Rome
CapacityBasketball: 3,500
Broke ground1956
ArchitectAnnibale Vitellozzi
Structural engineerPier Luigi Nervi
Services engineerIngg. Nervi & Bartoli
M. Roma Volley (2006–present)
Virtus Roma (1960–1983, 2000–2003, 2011–2018)

The Palazzetto dello Sport (literally "Small Sport Palace"), also less commonly known as the PalaTiziano[1] or PalaFlaminio,[1] is an indoor arena that is located in Piazza Apollodoro, in Rome, Italy. It has a 3,500 seating capacity for basketball games.[1]


The venue was constructed along with the 11,500-seat Palazzo dello Sport, for the 1960 Summer Olympics, and it was inaugurated in 1957.[2] It was designed by architect Annibale Vitellozzi[2] its reinforced thin-shell concrete dome was engineered by Pier Luigi Nervi under the direction of Engineer Giacomo Maccagno.[2] During the Olympics, the arena hosted the basketball events, among other sports.[3] Since then it has also been used for volleyball matches and other events.

Home of Virtus Roma[edit]

At various times over the years, the arena has been home to the Italian professional basketball team, Virtus Roma. The team played there from its foundation, until the early 1980s, and also for a period of several years at the start of the current millennium, when its regular home venue at the Palazzo dello Sport was being renovated. The team moved back to the arena in 2011, as the Palazzo dello Sport (since renamed PalaLottomatica), had high management costs and Virtus Roma was out of EuroLeague competition at the time.[4] The club moved back to the PalaLottomatica in 2018.


Detail of prefabricated flying buttresses

The facility incorporates a first-aid center, four groups of dressing-rooms, along with an officials dressing room, a medical sports centre, a management office, a press room with 12 telephone booths, two store rooms, and basement-located heating and air-conditioning equipment.[2] Seating could be configured for 3,500 basketball spectators and up to 5,600 for boxing or wrestling spectators.[2]

The arena is constructed with a ribbed concrete shell dome, that is 61 meters in diameter, and is constructed of 1,620 prefabricated concrete pieces,[2] which are braced by concrete flying buttresses. Much of the structure was prefabricated, so that the dome was erected in 40 days.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c I NUMERI DEL PALATIZIANO Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c d e f "The XVII Olympiad Rome 1960, Volume I, The Official Report of the Organizing Committee p59" (PDF). Federal Register May 4, 07 p.25485. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-28.;
  3. ^ 1960 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2012-10-27 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. pp. 60, 62.
  4. ^ "Il Palazzetto dello Sport" (in Italian). Pallacanestro Virtus Roma. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ Fletcher, Banister; Palmes, J.C. (1975). A History of Architecture. Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 1264. ISBN 0-684-14207-4.

External links[edit]

Media related to Palazzetto dello Sport (Rome) at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by