Unipol Arena

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Unipol Arena
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Former names PalaMalaguti (1993–2008)
Futurshow Station (2008–2011)
Location Via Gino Cervi, 2 40033 Casalecchio di Reno (BO)[1]
Coordinates 44°29′9.01″N 11°14′53.26″E / 44.4858361°N 11.2481278°E / 44.4858361; 11.2481278Coordinates: 44°29′9.01″N 11°14′53.26″E / 44.4858361°N 11.2481278°E / 44.4858361; 11.2481278
Operator Claudio Sabatini[1]
Capacity Basketball: 11,000
Concerts: 18,000
Construction
Built 1993
Opened 1993
Renovated 2008–2009
Expanded 2016
Tenants
Virtus Bologna (1993-Present)
Fortitudo Bologna (1997-1999)
Website
www.unipolarena.it

Unipol Arena (previously known as Futureshow Station and PalaMalaguti) is an indoor sporting arena located in Casalecchio di Reno, Province of Bologna, Italy. The seating capacity of the arena for basketball games is 11,000 people, and the seating capacity for concerts is 18,000 people. It was opened in December 1993.[2] It is currently home to the Virtus Bologna basketball team.

During the year 2008, the arena had restyling works, which included a new museum dedicated to Virtus' history, four new JumboTrons, new white seats and black stairs, and new white parquet. In October 2011, the arena changed its name to the current Unipol Arena, in a name sponsorship marketing deal, which was scheduled to last through 2016.[3]

In summer 2016, the capacity of the arena for basketball games will rise from 8,650 up to 11,000. The arena will also be connected to a suburban train station. Other museums will also be built, one dedicated to Futurshow, and one dedicated to Luciano Pavarotti.

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Preceded by
Five game Final series
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2002
Succeeded by
Palau Sant Jordi
Barcelona