Tbilisi Sports Palace

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Tbilisi Sports Palace
თბილისის სპორტის სასახლე
Sports Palace in Tbilisi.jpg
Location May 26 sqr. 1, Tbilisi 380071, Georgia[1]
Coordinates 41°43′12″N 44°46′48″E / 41.720°N 44.780°E / 41.720; 44.780Coordinates: 41°43′12″N 44°46′48″E / 41.720°N 44.780°E / 41.720; 44.780
Owner Logic Group Ltd
Operator Logic Group Ltd
Capacity 9,700 (basketball)
11,000 (concerts)
Surface Parquet
Construction
Opened 12 May 1961
Renovated 2007
Architect
Tenants
Georgia national basketball team

Tbilisi Sport Palace (Georgian: თბილისის სპორტის სასახლე) is an indoor sports arena situated in Tbilisi, Georgia. The arena usually hosts basketball, handball, judo, tennis, boxing and other games and tournaments with high attendance.

History[edit]

Built in 1961, the arena was used primely for the basketball games of local Dinamo Tbilisi and is still the largest basketball designed arena in all of the former USSR successor states.[2] The construction was led by architects Vladimir Aleksi-Meskhishvili, Yuri Kasradze, Temo Japaridze and designer David Kajaia.

The arena was renovated in 2007 and was reopened on August 22, 2007,[3] with management rights given to the Logic Group Ltd for a 30-year contract.

This was the first phase of renovation and reconstruction, with the second phase including changing the roof of the building and installing new individual seats.[4] Total cost of the renovation is estimated at 5 million USD.[5]

Concerts[edit]

Tbilisi Sports Palace is one of the greatest arena for concerts in Georgia. Many international and national acts have performed here.

  • Ian Gillan (1990, sold out 5 gigs here in row)
  • Alla Pugacheva
  • Lela Tsurtsumia - Lela is Georgian pop-singer, who held the record of attendance in Tbilisi Sports Palace. Though the arena holds approximately 11,000 people, Lela Tsurtsumia sold out 18,000 tickets for 1 concert, in 2002, May 22. (about 25,000 people were waiting for the tickets)

Other sold out concerts were by Georgian rapper Lex-Seni and Georgian pop-group Kuchis Bichebi. (about 15,000 people)

The Sports palace will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 26 November 2017.[6]

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Preceded by
Belgrade Arena
Belgrade
European Wrestling Championships
Venue

2014
Succeeded by
Trio Arena
Vantaa