Poliedro de Caracas
The exterior of Poliedro de Caracas.
|Owner||Polyhedron Foundation of Caracas (Venezuelan State)|
|Opened||March 26, 1974|
|Architect||Thomas C. Howard|
|2013 FIBA AmeriCup|
The Poliedro de Caracas ("Caracas Polyhedron Arena") is an indoor sports arena, located on the grounds adjacent to Hipodromo La Rinconada, in Caracas, Venezuela. It was designed by architect Thomas C. Howard of Synergetics, Inc., in Raleigh, NC, in 1971. However, the geodesic dome was not concluded, until 1974, when US firm Charter Industries, along with Synergetics, Inc. designed and manufactured the geodesic dome in Raleigh, NC.
It is housed beneath a geodesic dome, with a capacity of 20,000 people for concerts and 13,500 people for sporting events. The arena is used for concerts, sporting events such as basketball, volleyball, boxing, ice skating shows, and for circuses, and trade expositions, like auto shows, and expomuebles (furniture). Lately, it has also been used for government-sponsored political events.
Poliedro de Caracas was finished in 1974, and officially inaugurated with the fight between George Foreman and Ken Norton, on March 26, 1974. It also served as the stage for many local acts, like Melissa, Yordano and Ilan Chester, among others, in addition to international acts that visited Venezuela.
One of the main events that took place each year in El Poliedro (up to 2009), is the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant. The Poliedro was the main venue of the 2013 FIBA AmeriCup, which determined the final four participants of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The following is an incomplete list of the most famous artists who have given concerts in the Poliedro de Caracas:
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