Tbilisi Sports Palace
|თბილისის სპორტის სასახლე|
|Location||May 26 sqr. 1, Tbilisi 380071, Georgia|
|Owner||Logic Group Ltd|
|Operator||Logic Group Ltd|
|Opened||12 May 1961|
|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.
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. 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, 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. Total cost of the renovation is estimated at 5 million USD.
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)
The venue was to host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 26 November 2017. However the venue was later changed to the 4,000-capacity Olympic Palace which was considered more suitable for hosting the contest.
- Sport in Georgia - Sport Complex
- History of Dinamo Tbilisi Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Renovated Sports Palace Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., 22 August 2007
- The Georgian times, Mayor inspects Tbilisi Sport Palace after reconstruction Archived 9 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- Reconstruction of Sport Palace
- "Junior Eurovision 2017 to take place on 26th November!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Jordan, Paul (9 August 2017). "16 Countries to dazzle on stage in Tbilisi in 2017!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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