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'The arena will not only be a commercial building, but also a space suitable for spiritual concentration' -Eugenijus Miliūnas, architect.


© Kęstutis Malžinskas

Capacity 15,688 (basketball) / Opened 18 August 2011 / Cost €49m
http://www.zalgirioarena.lt/turas/VirtualusTuras.html http://www.zalgirioarena.lt/ http://www.autc.lt/public/HeritageObject.aspx?id=925



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BC Žalgiris
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National League - LKL /20/ 1947, 1951, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
National Cup /5/ 1953, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012
ULEB Euroleague /1/ 1999
ULEB Eurocup /1/ 1998
Intercontinental Cup /1/ 1986
Soviet Union Cup /5/ 1947, 1951, 1985, 1986, 1987
Baltic Basketball League /2/ 2005, 2008

"Žalgiris" club has been founded in 1944 and is one of the oldest basketball clubs in Europe.
"Žalgiris" is a permanent holder of the Euroleague 'A' license.
"Žalgiris" has recorded the highest average season attendances in Euroleague in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons (13.699 and 13,475 respectively).



© E.Miliūno Studija


© Marius Jovaiša - 'Unseen Lithuania', neregetalietuva.lt/?lang=en

The arena is located in Kaunas, Lithuania, which is the second largest city in the country with approximately 310 thousand inhabitants. The arena is situated on the Nemunas Island in the Nemunas River, which falls into the area of the historic New Town and is in close proximity to the Old Town.

Basketball is considered to be 'the second religion' in Lithuania. With Kaunas being the capital of sports in the country, "Žalgirio" Arena is the temple of basketball of Lithuania.

"Žalgirio" Arena is the biggest indoor basketball arena in the Baltic states and 16th biggest in Europe. It replaced the Kaunas Sports Hall, which was the first purposely built indoor basketball arena in Europe when first opened in 1939.


© Kęstutis Fedirka, lithuania-photo.com / © E.Miliūno Studija

© Depeche, miestai.net

© Depeche, miestai.net / Petras, miestai.net


Also, I think, the materiality and detailing of the arena are seriously cool :cheers:


© nepolitikas, miestai.net / © GYARD-P, miestai.net

© Kęstutis Fedirka, lithuania-photo.com / © GYARD-P, miestai.net

© basketnews.lt / © zalgirioarena.lt / © Depeche, miestai.net

© SkyMan, miestai.net / © GYARD-P, miestai.net / © unidentified


View from inside the arena


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A few visuals from events


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© zalgirioarena.lt / © balsas.lt



Construction


November 2008

July 2009

November 2010

June 2011
© http://www.zalgirioarena.lt/article/lt/vidinis/menu/arenos-statybos-istorija



August 2009 / © Kęstutis Fedirka, lithuania-photo.com

January 2010 / © Kęstutis Fedirka, lithuania-photo.com

October 2010 / © Kęstutis Fedirka, lithuania-photo.com

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A very big Thank You to Kęstutis Fedirka @ www.lithuania-photo.com!
I encourage You to visit his website for amazing photos of Lithuania (an not only!) from the air.
 

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how many suites will it have
 

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Very nice project! Makes me think that Kaunas will probably be one of the team awarded an NBA Europe Franchise if they ask for it. Very nice location too!
 

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Wow, very big, it's the arena for the final of EuroBasket 2011 right?
I like it inside very much, the outside so so. Congrats for Lithuania, 2 huge arenas.
 

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Vote 1 for Kaunas NBA inclusion. Show 'dem Seppos how to play ball!
 

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Very nice project! Makes me think that Kaunas will probably be one of the team awarded an NBA Europe Franchise if they ask for it. Very nice location too!
Screw NBA!!!!

A decade or so, and Euroleage will give a very serious fight, which NBA might just well loose.
 

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Will Lithuania attempt to get teams into the Kontinental Hockey League? Minsk and Riga both will have sides.

Lithuania has bigger populations and better business backing that Riga and Minsk in theory.
 

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Screw NBA!!!!

A decade or so, and Euroleage will give a very serious fight, which NBA might just well loose.
In terms of competition for elite talent? Shit, I wouldn't be surprised at all.

GG Olympiacos...83 mil USD for Kobe for 3 years?! That's some serious coin.
 
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