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Arena Zagreb
Arena zagreb 3.jpg
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Coordinates 45°46.30′N 15°56.57′E / 45.7717°N 15.94283°E / 45.7717; 15.94283Coordinates: 45°46.30′N 15°56.57′E / 45.7717°N 15.94283°E / 45.7717; 15.94283
Broke ground July 20, 2007[1]
Built 2007–2008
Opened December 27, 2008
Owner City of Zagreb
Operator Zagreb Arena Ltd.[2]
Construction cost 89 million[3]
Architect UPI-2M ltd[1]
Structural engineer UPI-2M ltd
Main contractors TriGránit
Ingra
Capacity 15,024 (handball, hokey)[4]
24,000 (concerts, side stage)[5]

Arena Zagreb is a multi-purpose sports hall located in the southwestern part of Zagreb, Croatia (in the Lanište neighborhood of Novi Zagreb). The site will also include a building complex, the Arena Complex (Arena Center), expected to be the largest shopping-entertainment center in the city.

The Croatian Government and the City Government of Zagreb held a public tender for the construction of a sports hall in order to host games in the 2009 World Men's Handball Championship, and later for numerous other sporting, cultural and business events.

They selected the consortium composed of property developers TriGránit (from Hungary) and Ingra (from Croatia). The TriGránit/Ingra offer was initially approved on April 25, 2007, but the signing of the final contract was delayed because of Mayor Milan Bandić expressing discontent with the conditions. The Consortium engaged studio UPI-2M from Zagreb, specially for this project to create and produce a unique design for Arena Zagreb. The construction of the sports hall finally started on July 20, 2007, and was completed as planned, on December 15, 2008.[6][7]

The Arena will then be used for futsal, handball, athletics, basketball, volleyball, numerous other sporting competitions and various concerts, exhibitions, fairs, conventions and congresses.

The shopping center and Arena Zagreb will share a series of services such as a joint parking lot, multiplex cinema, wellness center, numerous restaurants, cafes and stores.

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Architecture

Resembling a giant rib cage around the building, 86 large pre-stressed, pre-fabricated concrete curved columns form the main façade, connected by a semi-translucent polycarbonate envelope that allows for various light effects. It’s one of the landmarks of Zagreb already, along with the cathedral.

Developing spatial and functional characteristics to enable maximum flexibility of the venue was vital during the schematic design stage. The telescopic system of 4,500 seats was a critical element in allowing different configurations and quick turnaround between events. The singular vision also led to provision of spacious facilities for athletes, other performers and event managers, a concept for simple and fluid visitor circulation, a mix of catering facilities and designing in smaller, mutually independent zones that could all be used at the same time. Getting the acoustics right was important too. The steel roof structure had sufficient bearing capacity to enable the suspension of additional stage equipment. The roof structure is close to the structure of a suspension bridge, which is an uncommon approach (in arena design) anywhere in the world. The roof ’s bearing structure is only 45 cm high, over a span of 110 m, because it is suspended from the upper side of the roof outside and can’t be seen from the interior. This solution was made feasible by contemporary cable production technology – the span is suspended on cables that have a diameter of just 66 mm. Each cable can carry 400 tons.

Arena Zagreb won the Structural Design of the Year award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival.[8]

Scheduled events

Held Events

Date Event Attendance Type Note
December 27, 2008 Croatia - Russia [12] 15,200 Sport/Handball Opening sport event
January 17, 2009 Prljavo Kazalište[5] 22,400 Concert Grand opening event
January 24, 2009 Slovakia - South Korea 3,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 24, 2009 France - Sweden 13,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 24, 2009 Hungary - Croatia 15,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 25, 2009 Sweden - Hungary 4,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 25, 2009 South Korea - France 10,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 25, 2009 Croatia - Slovakia 15,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 27, 2009 Hungary - South Korea 800 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 27, 2009 Slovakia - Sweden 10,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 27, 2009 France - Croatia 15,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
January 30, 2009 Croatia - Poland 15,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
February 1, 2009 Denmark - Poland 8,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
February 1, 2009 France - Croatia 15,000 Sport/Handball 2009 World Men's Handball Championship
March 8, 2009 Zdravko Čolić [13] 20,000 Concert
April 19, 2009 Mišo Kovač [14] 15,000 Concert
April 26, 2009 Beyoncé [15] 18,000 Concert
May 11, 2009 London Symphony Orchestra 10,500 Concert
May 23, 2009 Tony Cetinski [16] 19,000 Concert
May 24, 2009 Tony Cetinski [16] 18,000 Concert
June 13, 2009 Lepa Brena [17] 13,000 Concert
July 4, 2009 HDZ Convention [18] 10,000 Convention Convention of Croatian Democratic Union
October 7, 2009 HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - Alingsas HK 8,500 Sport/Handball EHF Champions League
October 23, 2009 Halid Bešlić 23,000 Concert
October 24, 2009 Halid Bešlić 22,500 Concert
November 7, 2009 Eros Ramazzotti 15,000 Concert
November 20, 2009 Miroslav Škoro 20,000 Concert
November 27, 2009 Backstreet Boys 7,000 Concert
December 11–13, 2009 Disney on Ice 27,000 Show 6 shows were held in 3 days
December 16, 2009 Parni Valjak 21,000 Concert
December 19, 2009 José Carreras 10,000 Concert
December 29, 2009 "You can do it" 8,000 Humanitarian Concert
February 13, 2010 HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - FCK Kopenhagen 9,500 Sport/Handball EHF Champions League
February 14, 2010 Depeche Mode 18,500 Concert
February 20, 2010 HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - Fyllingen Handball 7,000 Sport/Handball EHF Champions League
February 28, 2010 HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - BM Ciudad Real 15,000 Sport/Handball EHF Champions League
March 7, 2010 HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb - HSV Hamburg 15,000 Sport/Handball EHF Champions League
March 8, 2010 Miroslav Ilić 9,000 Concert
March 13, 2010 Plavi orkestar 13,000 Concert

Total attendance: 533,900

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References

  1. ^ a b "Arena Zagreb" (in Croatian). http://www.zagreb.hr/default.aspx?id=959. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  2. ^ Zagreb Arena d.o.o.
  3. ^ "Arena Zagreb bit će dovršena u roku" (in Croatian). Dnevnik.hr. 2008-03-20. http://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/sport/arena-zagreb-bit-ce-dovrsena-u-roku.html. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 
  4. ^ http://www.eheim-moebel.de/english/arena/zagreb-arena/index.html
  5. ^ a b http://www.javno.com/hr-scena/foto--prljavci--ovo-je-bio-koncert-za-pamcenje_225329 Prljavo Kazalište concert on Javno.hr
  6. ^ "Gotova Arena Zagreb" (in Croatian). Metro-portal.hr. December 16, 2008. http://www.metro-portal.hr/vijesti/zagreb/gotova-arena-zagreb. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Prelijepa Arena Zagreb konačno završena!" (in Croatian). Dnevnik.hr. December 15, 2008. http://sport.dnevnik.hr/clanak/prelijepa-arena-zagreb-konacno-zavrsena.html. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Winners 2009". http://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/winners.cfm. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  9. ^ http://www.javno.com/hr-scena/u-2010-godini-dinosari-ce-poharati-arenu_260566 Javno.com(hr)
  10. ^ a b c http://www.jutarnji.hr/najveca-zvijezda-danasnjice-lady-gaga-dolazi-u-zagreb/408044/
  11. ^ http://www.len.eu/2009/?pag=waterpolo&arg=calendar
  12. ^ Javno.hr(hr)
  13. ^ http://www.studioberar.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=150:zdravko-colic-live-in-zadreb-arena&catid=11
  14. ^ http://www.index.hr/xmag/clanak/ekskluzivni-video-s-ecclestone-i-todoricevi-pozdravili-misino-trijumfalno-ukazanje-u-areni/430312.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.javno.com/en-bestseller/beyonces-father-thrilled-with-zagrebs-audience_254364
  16. ^ a b http://www.index.hr/xmag/clanak/video-tony-koncerte-u-areni-zaokruzio-druzenjem-u-indexovoj-fun-zoni-/435174.aspx
  17. ^ http://www.jutarnji.hr/spektakli/estrada/clanak/art-2009,6,14,,166596.jl
  18. ^ http://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/clanak/art-2009,7,4,,168467.jl

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