Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center
|Full name||Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center|
|Owner||City of Belgrade|
|Operator||J.P. SRC Tašmajdan|
|Type||sports and recreation center|
2,000 (ice hockey)
|Location within neighborhood|
Tašmajdan Sports and Recreation Center (Serbian: Спортско-рекреациони центар Ташмајдан / Sportsko-rekreacioni centar Tašmajdan; abbr. Tašmajdan SRC), commonly known simply as Taš (Serbian Cyrillic: Таш; literally: Tash), is a sporting and recreational center located in the city of Belgrade, Serbia. It was founded by the Assembly of the City of Belgrade in 1958.
Built with white stone from Brač island, and opened on 24 January 1954, by mid 2000s the stadium began showing signs of structural deterioration. Architect Mihajlo Janković, was awarded the Belgrade's October award for architecture, the highest city award at the time, for the Tašmajdan project. Originally, the sports complex started as the ice factory, where people could by the so-called "hygienic ice".
Some of the best known happenings in the venue include: EuroBasket Women 1954, first Miss Yugoslavia contest in 1957 (won by Tonka Katunarić), 1957 World Women's Handball Championship (the inaugural world women championship), concerts of Alexandrov Ensemble in 1958 and later in the 1960s and 1970s of Mazowsze, Elton John, Ray Charles and Tina Turner and ice hockey matches with over 10,000 spectators. Yugoslav national tennis team played the Davis Cup matches in 1956 in Tašmajdan and the curiosities held in the facility include the chess with live figures, the football matches played by the Zastava 750 cars and the first Spanish corrida in Europe outside of Spain, when Luis Miguel Dominguín performed. Tašmajdan hosted the first FINA World Aquatics Championships in 1973.
After the 1977-78 season, the ice skating rink was dismantled in March 1978. Bad conditions of the facility in 2000s led many public personalities in Belgrade (Cane Kostić, Neda Arnerić, Branko Cvejić) to urge the city 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. In the summer of 2009 the stadium was closed for public due to the impending reconstruction. An extensive RSD550 million renovation began in September 2011 and originally, the reconstruction was to be finished in December 2012, then was postponed to 2014 and was finally completed in 2016. As the object is under the protection, the conceptual solution for the reconstruction had to fully preserve the original author's concept. Since 2016, the ice skating rink became operational again during the winter. It covers 1,800 m2 (19,000 sq ft) and though it worked only for less than 60 days in 2016, it had 30,000 visitors.
Pionir Sports Complex
Aleksandar Nikolić Hall
Pionir Ice Hall
Outdoor swimming pool
|Opened||25 June 1961|
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
|Opened||13 December 1968|
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
|Date||Home Team||Result||Away Team||Occasion||Notes|
|29 May 1964||Belgrade Selection||51—98||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
|30 May 1964||Belgrade Selection||52—100||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.
Over the decades, the open air stadium has hosted a variety of acts in late spring and summer from May to September:
It was also the venue for the final programme in the 1981 series of:
- September 8, 1981 – Jeux Sans Frontières (Inter-European game show), International Final
- Nikola Belić (28 November 2010), "Led kreće, klizaljke na gotovs", Politika (in Serbian)
- ‘TAŠ' UNIŠTEN!, Press, April 10, 2004
- D.Vukotić (7 April 2009), "Ulaganja zaobilazila stadion „Tašmajdan"", Politika (in Serbian)
- Vladimir Stanimirović (4 May 2009), "Podrška za Tašmajdan", Politika (in Serbian)
- M.R.B. (7 October 2011), "Počinje obnova stadiona "Tašmajdan"", Politika (in Serbian)
- Akcija "Taš je naš" – vratimo mu stari sjaj, MTS Mondo, April 5, 2009
- Marija Brakočević (28 July 2011), "Na korak do obnove stadiona Tašmajdan", Politika (in Serbian)
- Marija Brakočević (3 November 2013), "Stadion Tašmajdan u belom betonu umesto u bračkom kamenu", Politika (in Serbian)
- "Evo ko će svirati na otvaranju Taša". mondo.rs. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
- A.J. (16 December 2017), "Fešta na tašmajdanskom ledu" [Festivity on Tašmajdan's ice], Politika (in Serbian), p. 14
- Pakrac, Tomislav (2 June 2014). "Košarkaški fanatik: 50 godina od gostovanja NBA All-Stars momčadi u Hrvatskoj". crosarka.com. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
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