Siemens Arena

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Siemens Arena
Siemens Arena logo.svg
Address Ozo g. 14
Location Vilnius, Lithuania
Owner UAB "Universali arena"
Capacity Basketball: 10,000
Concerts: 12,500
Ice hockey: 8,750
Opened October 30, 2004
Construction cost 25 million USD
Architect Jungtinės Architektų Dirbtuvės, Stadium Consultants International
BC Lietuvos rytas (2004–present)

Siemens Arena, located in Šeškinė elderate of Vilnius, is the second largest arena in Lithuania. It generally hosts basketball games as well as concerts. The arena opened on October 30, 2004. The basketball club BC Lietuvos rytas, which currently competes in the domestic LKL, the regional BBL, and in continental competitions (the Euroleague or Eurocup, depending on its current performance), uses the facility for all of its European home fixtures. Siemens Arena also hosts Rytas' home fixtures of the Lithuanian "national derby" against its archrival BC Žalgiris in both the LKL and BBL. The rest of the games are played in the adjacent Lietuvos rytas Arena.

Siemens Arena is the first universal arena of international level in Lithuania. Here, the largest and most important national entertainment, sports and business events take place: concerts of world-famous and local sport stars, various international sports matches, performances, theatre performances, business seminars and assemblies. Many world-famous music stars had performed here, including Metallica, Anastacia, Aerosmith, Phil Collins, Def Leppard, Patricia Kaas, Lana Del Rey, James Blunt, Hurts, t.A.T.u., Deep Purple, Sting, Chris Rea, Paco de Lucía, Toto Cutugno, Ozzy Osbourne, Simple Minds, Simply Red, Nazareth, Scorpions, Depeche Mode, Dream Theater, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Lenny Kravitz, Dima Bilan, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg, Backstreet Boys, R.E.M. and Helena Paparizou, David Guetta ft. Kelly Rowland, Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran.

Today, Siemens Arena is one of the most important and significant Lithuanian sport, entertainment, and cultural objects, which has earned the recognition of countries all over the world: – in 2004, the arena was selected as the best sport building of the year in Lithuania. – in the same year, it got the right to host the 2011 Men's European Basketball Championship.

In the end of 2007 the arbitrator of international product brands Superbrands awarded Siemens Arena as one of the most prominent brands in Lithuania. The Superbrands award was given to 28 product brands, which differs by their influence to the market, values, ways to success and originality.

Siemens Arena was built in the Vilnius Entertainment Park territory and is the first object of this park, which is still under development. The other buildings for the Vilnius Entertainment Park next to the arena: an indoor water park, family entertainment center, an Event field and a natural park.

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Coordinates: 54°42′58.8″N 25°16′47.8″E / 54.716333°N 25.279944°E / 54.716333; 25.279944