Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center

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Tašmajdan SRC
Taš
Full name Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center
Location Belgrade,  Serbia
Owner City of Belgrade
Operator J.P. SRC Tašmajdan
Type sports and recreation center
Capacity 10,500 (football)
5,878 (basketball)
2,000 (ice hockey)
...
Opened 1958
Tenants
Sport in Belgrade
Website
www.tasmajdan.rs

Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center (Tašmajdan SRC; Serbian: Спортско-рекреациони центар Ташмајдан (СРЦ Ташмајдан) / Sportsko-rekreacioni centar Tašmajdan (SRC Tašmajdan)), commonly known simply as Taš (Serbian Cyrillic: Таш; Taš literally: Tash), is a sporting and recreational center located in the city of Belgrade, Serbia, which was founded by the Assembly of the City of Belgrade in 1958. At within the center located of the outdoor Tašmajdan Stadium, the Aleksandar Nikolić Hall, the Pionir Ice Hall and a complex of outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

Built in 1954 with white stone from Brač island, by mid 2000s the stadium began showing signs of structural deterioration.[1] This led to many public personalities in Belgrade urging the municipal government to do something about it. In mid-April 2009, the initiative called "Taš je naš" (Serbian Cyrillic: Таш је наш; "Taš is ours") was held to draw public attention to the sad state of the crumbling facility.[2] An extensive RSD550 million renovation began in September 2011 and was completed in 2016.[3]

Tašmajdan hosted the first FINA World Aquatics Championships in 1973.

Facilities[edit]

Tašmajdan Stadium[edit]

Stadion Tašmajdan

Pionir Sports Complex[edit]

Aleksandar Nikolić Hall[edit]

Pionir Ice Hall[edit]

Swimming pools[edit]

Outdoor swimming pool[edit]

Outdoor swimming pool
SRC Tasmajdan.JPG
Building information
Coordinates 44°48′33.08″N 20°28′21.73″E / 44.8091889°N 20.4727028°E / 44.8091889; 20.4727028
Capacity 2,500
Opened 25 June 1961
Pools

The outdoor swimming pool was opened on 25 June 1961, the event capacity is 2,500 and swimming beaches hold around 4,000 people.

Indoor swimming pool[edit]

Indoor swimming pool
Building information
Coordinates 44°48′32.87″N 20°28′23.55″E / 44.8091306°N 20.4732083°E / 44.8091306; 20.4732083
Capacity 2,000
Opened 13 December 1968
Pools

The indoor swimming pool was opened on 13 December 1968. The pool has dimensions 50 × 20 m. The capacity for spectators is 2,000 seats. Within the same building there is a recreation center, a gym, a small swimming pool and a hotel named Taš.

Notable basketball matches[edit]

Date Home Team Result Away Team Occasion Notes
29 May 1964 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade Selection 51—98 United States NBA All-Stars NBA All-Stars' Yugoslav Tour

— Belgrade: Slobodan Gordić (10 points), Radivoj Korać (20p), Trajko Rajković (4p), Miodrag Nikolić, Miloš Bojović (4p), Vladimir Cvetković (4p), Nemanja Đurić (9p), Dragan Kovačić, Dragoslav Ražnatović, Dragutin Čermak, Tihomir Pavlović
— NBA: Bill Russell (4 points), Bob Pettit (12p), Oscar Robertson (31p), Bob Cousy (6p), Jerry Lucas (26p), Tom Heinsohn (11p), Tom Gola (8p), coach Red Auerbach

— attendance: ~8,500
referees: Miroslav Minić and Obrad Belošević (both from Belgrade)
the May–June 1964 NBA All-Stars tour in Eastern Europe and North Africa was sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the eight NBA players were briefed by the Secretary of State Dean Rusk about what to expect and how to behave in countries where "they're likely to encounter anti-American sentiment".[4]
other than the two games in Belgrade, the NBA All-Stars tour stops in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia included Zagreb (1 June 1964), Karlovac (2 June), and Ljubljana (4 June).
in addition to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the NBA All-Stars tour included games in the Polish People's Republic, the Socialist Republic of Romania, and Egypt
25-year-old Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson was named the NBA league MVP for the just completed 1963-64 season.
35-year-old Boston College head coach Bob Cousy had already been retired from playing pro basketball for over a year at the time of the tour, which marked his temporary comeback to playing basketball.
K.C. Jones didn't play in the first game in Belgrade.

30 May 1964 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade Selection 52—100 United States NBA All-Stars NBA All-Stars' Yugoslav Tour — Belgrade: Slobodan Gordić (4 points), Radivoj Korać (16p), Nemanja Đurić (8p), Miodrag Nikolić, Josip Đerđa (6p), Dragan Kovačić (2p), Miloš Bojović (2p), Vladimir Cvetković (4p), Ratomir Vićentić, Dragoslav Ražnatović (8p), Dragutin Čermak (2p), Tihomir Pavlović
— NBA: Bob Pettit (19 points), Bob Cousy (25p), Oscar Robertson (16p), Tom Heinsohn (16p), Jerry Lucas (22p), K.C. Jones (2p), coach Red Auerbach

— attendance: ~5,000
referees: Jovan Petrović and Dragaš Jakšić (both from Belgrade)
26-year-old Josip Đerđa played the game for the Belgrade selection despite not playing his club basketball for a Belgrade-based club nor being from Belgrade.
Bill Russell and Tom Gola picked up small knocks in the first game in Belgrade and decided to sit out the second one.

Concerts[edit]

Over the decades, the open air stadium has hosted a variety of acts in late spring and summer from May to September:

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Other[edit]

It was also the venue for the final programme in the 1981 series of:

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pionir Hall
Zvezde Granda
Final Venue

2005, 2007
Succeeded by
Belgrade Arena

Coordinates: 44°48′33″N 20°28′22″E / 44.80917°N 20.47278°E / 44.80917; 20.47278