Alexandreio Melathron Nick Galis Hall, or Alexandreio Melathron Nikos Galis Hall (Greek: Αλεξάνδρειο Μέλαθρον Νίκος Γκάλης Σάλα) is an indoor sports arena that is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. It is also often referred to as the Palais des Sports (Greek: Παλαί ντε Σπορ). The arena is mainly used to host basketball and volleyball games. The arena's main hall, called Nikos Galis Hall, has a permanent seating capacity of 5,138, and a capacity of 6,000 with temporary seating, for basketball games. The arena also contains a practice court, club offices, shops, and a museum dedicated to the Aris basketball club. The arena hosts the home games of Aris Thessaloniki B.C., a member of the Greek League.
1 Location 2 Construction 3 History 4 Ownership 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External links
Location The Alexandreio Melathron Nick Galis Hall indoor arena is located in downtown Thessaloniki, inside the International trade fare grounds. Bus lines #2, #7, #8, #10, #14, #27, #31, and #58, running along Egnatia avenue, stop right in front of the arena. Ιn 2020, the new metro station, "Panepistimio", which is located near to the arena, will open. Construction The arena was designed by the architects P. Gianettos, M. Guyon and T. Jeanblock between 1960 and 1962. It was built in 1966. The structure shares two of the architects with the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon and has many similarities. The building was redeveloped and updated in 2004, in preparation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. The updates involved reconstruction of all the building's external and internal areas. Apart from what is directly visible to everybody, other works included new electrical and mechanical updates, air-conditioning, and audiovisual facilities. New seats, CCTV, and new lighting were also installed. These updates unfortunately resulted in a lower permanent seating capacity (5,138 compared to the previous 6,000) for "Alexandreio" Arena, which reopened its gates in late 2004. The arena was again updated in 2015. History The arena was named after Alexander the Great, the ancient king of Macedonia. It is also commonly referred to as the "Palais des Sports" (Sports Palace, in French). Under its former names, the arena was the first large indoor basketball arena built in Greece, and remained the largest until the year 1985, when the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens, was completed and opened to the public. Being part of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, the arena also serves for many purposes other than sports. It has hosted many international basketball events, and was also the home arena for both "arch-rivals", Aris B.C. and PAOK B.C. for many years; up until the year 2000, when PAOK B.C. moved into their own new stadium, the P.A.O.K. Sports Arena. On May 8, 2013, at an event honoring the retired former Aris player, Nikos Galis, the Greek deputy culture minister, Giannis Ioannidis, announced that the main hall of the arena was to be renamed to "Nikos Galis Hall". Ownership The arena is owned and operated by the Greek Ministry of Culture's General Secretariat of Sports. Gallery
Nikos Galis, whom the arena's main hall is named after.
Greek League game between Aris and Olympiacos, in March 2007.
Game between Aris and PAOK, in 2000.
Gates of the venue.
^ Capacity 5.138 seats. ^ «Διαμαντίδης ΟΕ ΟΕ ΟΕ» από 6.000 κόσμο στο Nick Galis Hall! (vid) (in Greek). ^ Antetokounbros: Next stop, Athens! ^ Capacity 5.138 seats. ^ «Διαμαντίδης ΟΕ ΟΕ ΟΕ» από 6.000 κόσμο στο Nick Galis Hall! (vid) (in Greek). ^ Antetokounbros: Next stop, Athens! ^ Το νέο "Nick Galis Hall" σε κιτρινόμαυρο φόντο (in Greek). ^ Ekathimerini.com Nick Galis: A night to remember.
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Official site, now obsolete - Archived on 2011/12/19 Alexandrio Melathron @ Stadia.gr
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Venues of the 2004 Summer Olympics
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Landmarks of Thessaloniki
Agios Athanasios tombs
Arch of Galerius and Rotunda Navarinou Square Roman Forum Catacombs of Thessaloniki
Paleochristian and Byzantine
Agias Sofias Square Byzantine Bath Church of the Acheiropoietos Church of the Holy Apostles Church of Hosios David Church of Panagia Chalkeon Church of Saint Catherine Church of Saint Nicholas Orphanos Church of Saint Panteleimon Church of Prophet Elijah Hagios Demetrios Hagia Sophia Rotunda Walls of Thessaloniki
Alaca Imaret Mosque Upper Town Bey Hamam Fountain Square Karipeion Melathron Konak New Mosque White Tower of Thessaloniki
Alexandreio Melathron Aristotelous Square Gregory Palamas Metropolis Kaftanzoglio Stadium Ladadika Modiano Market National Theatre of Northern Greece OTE Tower Port of Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Monastir Synagogue Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki Allatini Mills Holocaust Museum, Thessaloniki
Egnatia Street Nikis Avenue Tsimiski Street Vasilissis Olgas Street
Villa Allatini Villa Bianca Villa M.Kapanci Villa A.Kapanci Villa Modiano Villa Mordoch Gategno-Florentin mansion Longos mansion Palataki
Nea Paralia (Thessaloniki)
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki Atatürk Museum Balkan Wars Museum Museum of Byzantine Culture Cinema Museum Museum of Ancient Greek, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Instruments Museum for the Macedonian Struggle NOESIS Museum of Photography Railway Museum Teloglion Foundation of Art War Museum
Thessaloniki International Film Festival Thessaloniki International Trade Fair Thessaloniki Song Festival